8 Mar 2010

Planners rush to prepare Haiti rebuilding plan

5:22 pm on 8 March 2010

Government planners and international experts are racing to produce a blueprint for reconstruction of Haiti's economy after the earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people and devastated its infrastructure.

The World Bank official in charge of the project, Doekle Wielinga, says a team of 150 Haitian government officials and 90 international experts is to submit the plan to the government by Friday.

Mr Wielinga, a disaster recovery specialist, says the document will then be assessed at a meeting of international technical experts before a donor conference in New York on 31 March.

The plan will deal with eight areas of reconstruction, including education, housing, telecommunications, transport and energy.

At the same time, there would be a special focus on preparing for the storms and hurricanes that regularly batter the country - as well as for the possibility of another big quake.