15 January, 2020
Incatema Consulting & Engineering has successfully finished building the new Market of Ouanaminthe in Haiti, an international cooperation project initiated in March 2015 with a budget of 9 million euros funded by the European Union for the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Government of Haiti (DINEPA).
The last phase of the project entailed construction of the facades, partitions and indoor and outdoor paving. At the same time, sanitation and supply networks were installed and a drinking water storage tank was built, in addition to the septic tanks required to guarantee the new market’s health conditions. Once completed and delivered, Ounaminthe Market, designed to allow daily access to more than 1,500 Haitians, will bring an increased commercial flow to the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, improving the population’s access to consumer staples and the security of same.
Haiti is the country with the lowest GDP per capita in all of America and the western hemisphere and is among the countries with the greatest inequality in the world. According to data of the European Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Haiti’s economy is the poorest in the region, a factor that was further aggravated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami suffered in 2010, one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in history. Through construction of infrastructures as essential as the one built by Incatema Consulting & Engineering, a direct contribution is made to achieving the UN’s Zero Hunger SDG and to relieve inequalities through secure access to the food supply.
The construction project for the New Market was also associated to other actions as part of the same Binational Programme, such as rehabilitation of the city’s former Municipal Market which required improving the sanitation of the existing buildings for the sale of meat, vegetables and fruit, and environmental protection of the river Masacre as it passes through this area, as we reported here last June.