Select Page

The Spanish cooperation was reinforced after the earthquake of 2010, reaching the figure of 346 million Euro in the following years. As agreed with the Haitian government, the priority sectors of action are: water and sanitation, education, production sector, and rural development and fight against hunger. With regard to geographical priorities, the Spanish Cooperation focuses its interventions in the Department of the West (which includes Port-au-Prince), Central and Southeast.

Between 2008 and 2012 several Spanish authorities have made visits to Haiti. Among them, Her Majesty the Queen of Spain in 2009 and in October 2011; the First Vice President of the Government María Teresa Fernández de la Vega in 2009 and in 2010; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Ángel Moratinos in 2008; and the Minister of Defense, Carme Chacón in 2010. There have been several visits by Secretaries of State, such as those from Latin America, International Cooperation and Defense Policy. Finally, the visit made in May 2012 by the Director of the AECID and the visit of the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America, Jesús Gracia, in February 2013.

On the Haitian side, President Michel Martelly has twice visited Spain as Head of State. The first trip was made in July 2011 and the second in November 2012, when he attended the Ibero-American Summit of Cádiz, in which Haiti participated for the first time as an observer. In early 2014, Tourism Minister Stephanie Balmir Villedroin visited Spain as part of FITUR 2014 to promote Haiti as a tourist destination.