February 23, 2011
Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, traveled to Brussels on February 23, 2011, to represent Canada at a conference on Haiti titled “Haiti, One Year After the Earthquake: Perspectives on the International Humanitarian Response and the Role of Governance in Rebuilding Haiti.”
Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai will focus on governance and address the coordination of international humanitarian aid and rebuilding one year later. As the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has stated, the international community alone cannot rebuild Haiti. Political stability can only be achieved by the Haitians themselves democratically electing an efficient, honest and responsible government to lead the people through the next critical stage of recovery and reconstruction.
Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai will deliver the keynote address to an audience of Canadian, European and Haitian government officials, academics and representatives of international institutions, think tanks, NGOs and civil society as well as members of the Haitian diaspora.
The conference was co-hosted by Canada, the European Union and Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations, in association with Haiti’s Mission to the EU.