Monday, October 30, 2017

This Week's  Events & Happenings!


Dr. Marie Flore Lindor-Latortue

Ralph Lespinasse, P.E


It's emotional when we talk about Haiti. Even as a second or third generation Haitian-American, there's still something that draws us back. But it also makes us do things that we would never do as a businessperson in the US. In the US, we're dispassionate, focused on dollars and cents. We sign contracts. We have legal agreements. But we lose that objectivity when it comes to Haiti and we think that a personal relationship or a strong belief or sheer force of will can take the place of contracts and agreements. We all know someone who has invested in Haiti through a friend or family member and most of us also know someone who wound up walking away from that investment.
AmCham Haiti, the Haitian Ministry of Commerce's (MCI) Center for the Facilitation of Investment (CFI) and the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, including the USAID Mission, are offering a different way to look at investing in Haiti, a paradigm shift as we face the reality of decreasing aid flows, donor fatigue and a realization that the current model doesn't work. We believe in moving "From Aid to Trade." However, in order to move from aid to trade, we also need to move from personal to institutional relationships. That's why we're here.