In a bid to review Canada's contributions to the country, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird visited Haiti Monday, according to a press release from the Canadian Foreign Ministry.
"Canada plays a key role in international efforts to support Haiti and help its people overcome the immense challenges they contend with daily," said John Baird.
Baird was accompanied by Diane Ablonczy, minister of state for foreign affairs and the duo met with the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly as well as the Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
Besides eyeing upon its contributions to Haiti, the Canadian foreign minister discussed a wide range of topics with the president of Haiti in order to deepen the relationship between the countries.
The visit comes a month after Julian Fantino, Canadian International Cooperation Minister said that Canada's help to Haiti had not seen any progress.
Fantino had also warned to freeze Canada's aid to Haiti, citing lack of progress.
"We share with Haitian leaders the goal of seeing a self-sustaining economy with opportunity for all Haitians and a greater role for private-sector actors, including Canadian companies," said Baird.
While visiting Haiti to review its help to the country, the foreign minister urged Haiti to value Canadian help.
"Our goal is to get real and lasting results for Haiti and value for money for Canadian taxpayers. The Haitian and Canadian people expect no less of their respective governments."
Saying the purpose of the visit was to check how Canada's help was benefitting Haiti, the foreign ministry noted that the insight the ministers gained during the visit will help Canada review its policy and engagement with Haiti in long term.
"Through our engagement in the Americas, Canada has been working in partnership with our neighbors, including Haiti, to build a safer and more prosperous hemisphere," said Diane Ablonczy .
"Our time in Haiti today will give us invaluable perspective on how Canada can best support the Haitian people in their progress toward these goals," added Ablonczy.
Following Julian Fantino's comment in January, Eileen Wickstrom Smith, a senior official in the U.S. State Department's Haiti office urged Canada to continue its aid to Haiti.
"We continue our strong partnership with the government of Haiti and the people of Haiti, and we would like to see the Canadian government continue its programs. We think they've been an important contributor, and we would like them to stay that way," said Eileen Smith.
Canada has given US $ one billion to Haiti since 2006.
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