- Damien BAUCHAU, Expert in Caribbean regional cooperation, institutional governance, local governance and team leader
- Melly UFENS, UNITE Caribbean Consultant in charge of international cooperation projects
Since 2015, the date of the last municipal elections in Haiti, the municipality of Tabarre has been involved in major projects aimed at promoting the city's social and economic development. In this context, the municipality has structured a strategy of opening up and developing international partnerships in order to feed the various development themes in which it is involved.
Issues relating to municipal governance, the provision of services to the population, trade and industry, art and culture, urban planning and development integrating risk management issues are among the priority development themes that place the municipality of Tabarre within a sustainable and resilient urban strategy.
At the same time, the city of Pointe-à-Pitre, a city of art and history, firmly rooted in the Caribbean, is committed to a very ambitious urban planning and development policy adapted to the quality and sustainability requirements of the Caribbean context. The city has been developing and structuring international cooperation relations and partnerships for many years, particularly in the Caribbean basin with Haiti, which is one of the city's historical partners.
In December 2017, on the fringes of the Franco-Haitian meetings on decentralized cooperation in Port-au-Prince, the Commune of Tabarre and the Commune of Pointe-à-Pitre met on common themes of interest and wished to enter into a cooperation partnership whose founding values are equality, solidarity, reciprocity and subsidiarity.
A grant has been awarded by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs for the implementation of a first phase of this cooperation, entrusted by the city of Pointe-à-Pitre to UNITE Caribbean.
This partnership is based on the notion of mutual interest and sharing of know-how between the two parties within the framework of their respective projects.
Both municipalities recognize the value of close collaboration to enrich the cultural, social, economic and sustainable life of their respective territories.
The areas covered by the planned cooperation actions include:
- training and capacity building for elected officials and municipal officials;
- the development of partnerships between actors: civil society, institutions, technical and economic actors;
- the implementation of sectoral actions that the parties consider relevant.
One of the cooperation actions consists of the organization of a technical assistance mission in the City of Tabarre and an immersion internship at Pointe-à-Pitre City Hall on the theme of urban development and planning.