2017-03-30 Update: Foreign aid – Global Legal Monitor

Haiti; Mexico: Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation (May 13, 2014) As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, on April 30, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a working meeting with his counterpart from Haiti, Michel Martelly, in which they followed up on the bilateral commitments made during their last meeting, held in the Haitian capital in April 2013. (Press Release, Presidency of the Republic of Mexico, El Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto se Reunió con el Presidente de Haití, Michel J. Martelly (Apr. 30, 2014), Presidency of the Republic of Mexico website.) The two leaders endorsed the importance of deepening the political dialog and directing the efforts of their governments through the Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission, which will be held in Haiti during the second half of this year. This meeting will focus on issues of importance to both countries, such as cooperation in education, agriculture and tourism, as well as promoting mutual trade and investment promotion. President Peña Nieto reaffirmed his commitment to continue supporting Haiti in the reconstruction process through the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican Countries and the Caribbean. Mexican cooperation has focused on infrastructure projects that contribute to the social development of the country. In particular, they have built 14 public markets, and resources were provided to electrify the regional hospital of Gonaïves. (Id.) Mexico will continue to support Haiti with projects that provide a clear benefit to the Haitian society as is the case with the Mexico-Haiti Special College Scholarship Program, which in the period 2013-2015 will deliver a total of 300 scholarships to Haitian students. Martelli, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the first 103 young Haitians studying in various institutions of higher learning in Mexico. (Id.) Bilateral trade between the two countries in 2013 had a value equal …

Sri Lanka: Agreement Seeks to Address Climate Change Impact
(Dec. 31, 2013) In December 2013, Sri Lanka and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) signed an agreement designed to help some Sri Lankan residents in farming communities. The agreement, Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin of Sri Lanka," aims to help build diversified and resilient economic lives for those in the river basin affected by adverse changes in weather patterns. B.M.U.D. Basnayaka, the Secretary of the country's Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry, and Mad Lofvall of the WFP signed the agreement, under which Sri Lanka will receive almost US$8 million in aid. ( Sri Lankan Government Signs Agreement with WFP to Build Resilience in Adapting to Adverse Weather Conditions , COLOMBO PAGE (Dec. 23, 2013); WFP website (last visited Dec. 24, 2013).)

The money granted by the WFP will assist families in several divisions of two districts, Nuwara Eliya and Polonnaruwa, where irrigation of crops is dependent on rainfall. The project, which will be carried out by the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy, will include promotion of local availability of food, development of ways of making a living that are resistant to climatic shocks, and creation of systems of information for farmers about climate-related risks. The financial contribution will come from the WFP's Adaptation Fund, which was set up to assist developing countries to foster adaptations to climate challenges under the Kyoto Protocol. (Id.; Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC] (Dec. 11, 1997), UNFCCC website.)


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