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September 3, 2015

Signing of Grant Agreement with Haiti
Replacing two bridges for post-earthquake socioeconomic development

On September 2, 2015, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Haiti to provide grant aid of up to 3.672 billion yen for assistance to the Project for the Construction of Bridges of Croix-des-Missions and Route Neuve [1].

photoA design of the completed bridge at Croix-des-Missions

Due to the enormous amount of destruction caused by the 2010 earthquake that hit the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, as well as long years of political instability in Haiti, basic infrastructure such as transportation networks still need major improvements in order to enable and promote regional and national economic development. Based on its experience from the earthquake, the Government of Haiti has established the promotion of decentralization of economic and administrative functions from the capital to other regions as policies in its Strategic Development Plan [2] (2012–2033).

This project will fortify trunk roads connecting the capital region with outlying regions, one of the priority issues of the transportation sector in the Haiti Strategic Development Plan. National Route 1 together with a group of bypasses in the area form a portion of the arterial system that ensures transportation access between the capital metropolitan area and the northern and central regions of the country, as well as providing access to the industrial districts and major cities in those areas. This project will replace the Croix-des-Missions Bridge in the commune of Tabarre in Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, and another bridge in the commune of Cité Soleil, also in Port-au-Prince Arrondissement.

This project is expected to contribute to the socio-economic development of Haiti, especially to the northern and central regions, by providing safer infrastructure and better access to other regions for its users.

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1: le Projet de Construction des Ponts de la Croix-des-Missions et de la Route Neuve
2: Plan stratégique de développement d’Haïti

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