Unlike elsewhere in the world, electricity consumption rates in Haiti have declined steadily over the last five years.
To help increase access, Venezuela is expanding a project set up in 2006 to provide Haiti with more electricity assistance. A new processing plant to be built on the island is expected to extend access to electricity among Haitians from 4 hours a day to 6 hours.
The business representative of the Venezuelan embassy in Haiti announced this new initiative last weekend. It comes under the regional bloc ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas).
Cooperative efforts are also taking place on other key development issues such as housing and education. One Venezuelan primary school has been set up in Haiti, and another program allows Haitian students to be hosted at Venezuelan universities. Read more in Spanish.