We will soon know the architecture of the new national palace, the former having been completely destroyed on January 12, 2010. This was announced Thursday Clement Belizaire, director of the Housing and Public Buildings Unit (UCLBP), in an exclusive interview with Nouvelliste. Engineer Bélizaire also leads the National Palace Reconstruction and Task Force (GTRRPN). This structure had launched an architectural competition for the reconstruction of the historic building of the National Palace. Last February, 4 of the 8 firms that expressed their interest were selected to participate in the second and final phase of the competition. According to Bélizaire, the event was completed on June 17 and the finalist firms submitted their proposals. “All these proposals are already at UCLBP, in boxes sealed by a notary, while waiting for the deliberation of a jury,” said Clément Bélizaire.
Before this phase of the competition, the coordinator of the GTRRPN explains that there was a deliberation at the first level in the week of February 7th. “We called on expressions of interest to invite firms and groups to register. 15 firms showed up. 8 firms were qualified. It was a two-stage competition. The 8 qualified received documents containing the terms, and so on. In the first stage the firms had to present a pre-sketch, which allowed the jury to select 4 out of the 8. What was done. Other terms of reference were distributed to the four firms selected so that they could further develop their pre-sketch. The program of needs was handed over to the authorities concerned, including the office of the president, the council of ministers, the chief of staff, the secretary general, and so on. And they submitted their architectures. “
It is now up to a jury to designate the architecture of the new national palace. According to the NRTFG Coordinator, this phase is waiting for the ratification of a new government. “What remains to be done is the deliberation of the second degree. There are expenses to be incurred. There are some international judges whose travel must be paid. Practically, we engage the government. The president's office tells us to wait for the ratification of a new government. “
Clément Bélizaire stresses that it will be an independent jury that will be in charge of the deliberation and the choice of the best project. “The members have been appointed by presidential decree. The jury is composed of Alix Cinéas (president), Vivianne Saint-Dic, Rose May Guignard, Marie Edith Hilaire, Rudolph Dupuy, Beatrice Brun, Marcia Codinachs, Yves Fritz Joseph and Fritz Auplan. Alix Cinéas was a member of the National Council of Government (CNG), Vivianne Saint-Dic is head of the cabinet of several ministers of Public Works. Then the other members come from the CIAT, the National College of Engineers, etc. “
It is not yet known how much this building will cost. However, Clément Bélizaire refers to the value of the old building in order to determine a ceiling amount. “It's estimated that the palace was worth $ 50 million at the time. That said, we obviously know that we will not be able to go below $ 50 million, “he said, adding that the project will cost more than that, taking into account the exterior development. “A decree has been issued declaring the public utility spaces where the military hospital and the Lycée Fritz-Pierre Louis are located. Of course, we will not touch the space of this school as long as it will not be relocated, “he says.
Regarding the funding mechanism, Clément Bélizaire leaves this prerogative to the Ministry of Finance and the Council of Ministers. “However, we thought about the part concerning the citizen contribution. I have already had consultations with several organized chambers of the diaspora. There is a certain inclination for the diaspora to finance this project. There is already money in the crates provided by a youth from Cité Soleil and other young people from the 10 departments. Citizen contributions can be used only for construction, “he said.
Clément Bélizaire believes that the national palace needs to be rebuilt. This need for reconstruction, he argues, is not a function of any political chapel. “It depends on the need for the country to rebuild its symbols. We are a democratic country. We must therefore build our democratic symbols, which are the national palace, the legislative palace and the courthouse. The palace we lost in 30 seconds on January 12, 2010 could take us over 30 years to rebuild. (…) It is the work of a life and not the work of a team with a mandate of 5 years. The country must agree on this minimum, “he argues.