Rebuilding Haiti 'to take 10yrs'

2010-01-26 09:45

Montreal - Rebuilding Haiti after a massive earthquake will take "at least 10 years," Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told international donors on Monday.

"It was not an exaggeration to say that at least 10 years of hard work awaits the world in Haiti," Harper told an emergency meeting of donors called to address the long term needs to rebuild the Caribbean nation hit by a devastating quake nearly two weeks ago.

"We must work to ensure that every resource committed, every relief worker, every vehicle, every dollar is used as effectively as possible," said Harper.

He was flanked by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

"We must hold ourselves and each other accountable for the commitments we make.

"I would like to see emerge from this meeting the beginning of a plan that will guide reconstruction in Haiti in a way that is effective, co-ordinated and strategic for the decade to come," Harper added.