United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travels to Haiti Wednesday for an official visit to observe U.N. peacekeeping efforts and meet with officials in the government and private sector.

Secretary-General Ban is expected to visit the headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) in the capital, Port-au-Prince as he witnesses U.N. efforts to provide security and other assistance.

He is also scheduled to visit the Cite Soleil slum, where the mission repaired a water tower, and meet with the neighborhood's mayor.

Separately, the U.N. chief's agenda will include meetings with Haitian President Rene Preval, Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, Justice Minister Rene Magloire and other politicians.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and has been plagued by violence. U.N. peacekeepers entered Haiti shortly after an uprising that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.