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Australia to give $9 million more to Haiti

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith has announced a further $9 million to go towards the reconstruction of Haiti, which was struck by an earthquake on January 12 this year. In addition to the initial $10 million offered for emergency humanitarian assistance including food and medical services for displaced persons, and the $5 million given towards reconstruction, Australia will add $9 million towards the reconstruction effort bringing total funding to $24 million. Funding is just the start of Australia's contributions, Smith said, with partnerships formed with neighbouring countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to support Haiti. "Australia will work with Brazil to help revive the agriculture sector, which accounts for more than 25 percent of Haiti's economy, and with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help improve their ability to respond to disasters in the region," he added.

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