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The IDB will invest $65 million to improve transportation in Haiti

Haiti will improve the efficiency and safety of its transportation system sand will advance regional and international integration with a $65 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The five-year program, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC),will increase competiveness, connectivity and accessibility by reducing transportation costs, improving safe transport services and enhancing the country’s regional and international integration. Specifically, the program will rehabilitate a 29.5 km stretch of the RN1 highway; between Camp Coq and Vaudreuli. The grant also includes resources necessary for the rehabilitation, improvement and or maintenance of Haiti’s primary and secondary road networks.

Haiti has a road network of 3,572 kilometers, of which just 15 percent is in good condition. Road safety is complicated not only by the poor conditions of roadways and vehicles, but also by the lack of signage and enforcement of transit regulations. Road transport is the leading mode of transportation for cargo and passengers in Haiti, making improvement of infrastructure fundamental for economic development and for enhanced integration of the country’s regions.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.