World Bank officials have approved a $75 million grant through the International Development Association (IDA) to finance Haiti’s fight against food insecurity, natural disasters and health crisis like the novel coronavirus pandemic.  

The aid is part of an effort to establish a social safety net through the Adaptive Social Protection for Increased Resilience (ASPIRE) project.

“Social protection systems have the potential to enhance human capital, reduce inequality, build resilience, and end cycles of poverty,” said Javier Suarez, World Bank Acting Head of Operations in Haiti. Source

Attack on electricity headquarters leaves one dead

Electricity of Haiti (EDH) headquarters in Bicentenaire, Port-au-Prince.

Armed men fired gunshots at Electricity of Haiti (EDH) headquarters in Bicentenaire, Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, killing a motorcycle taxi driver. 

They also struck an EDH employee, who was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

The reason for the attack is unknown. Source

Police director meets with Dominican official to discuss border security

Haitian National Police officers standing next to Dominican soldiers.

The Haitian National Police’s general director met with the Dominican minister of defense on Monday to talk about plans of securing the border between the two countries.

“The objective is to achieve effective cooperation between military and police institutions and to coordinate appropriate measures to deal with illegal migration, drug, human and illegal guns trafficking, and other illicit acts,” said Carlos Luciano Díaz Morfa, the Dominican Republic’s minister of defense. 

Dominican Republic’s President Luis Abinader also announced that the country will start building a wall in the second half of this year. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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