Friday, July 20, 2012
President Ceasar C. Mitchell encourages investment in the nation of Haiti
– Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell advocated for increased
investment in the nation of Haiti during a conference hosted by the Consulate
General of Haiti between the island nation and the U.S.
than 100 business leaders attended the Haiti is Open for Business Caravan
Conference (HOBCC) on Wednesday at Paschal’s at Castleberry Hills in Atlanta.
The event hosted by Jerome Russell President of H.J. Russell & Company and
Eddy Benoit president of the Benoit Group
in Haiti is not only a great opportunity for the country and the state of
Georgia, but the city of Atlanta as well considering our area’s proximity to
the country and our growing Haitian immigrant population. Outside of metro
Miami, metro Atlanta is probably home to the Southeast’s second largest
Haitian community,” said Council President Mitchell, who along with other
Atlanta business leaders visited Haiti in March to explore economic
said the port of Savannah would be an ideal location importing and exporting
goods between the two nations because of its proximity to large population
centers in the Southeast.
terms of tourism, we are fortunate that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport now offers a direct flight to historic Port-au-Prince, Haiti as well,”
leaders in attendance Wednesday were briefed on business opportunities and
investments in sectors such as:
(construction of all-inclusive resorts, hotels, and revamping of our cultural
and historical sites);
(exporting of goods to USA, UE, Canada, Caribbean Basin duty free);
Services (hospitals and medical clinics);
estate (low and medium income housing);
(air, sea, rail, and road transport infrastructure, including ports);
(high-impact information and communication technology);
of sea products; and
food-crop cultivation and processing.
is; indeed, open for business with its economic recovery on the upswing.
According to the recently released World Economic Outlook from the
International Monetary Fund, Haiti’s Economy is anticipated to grow a whopping
7.8 percent which will lead the Caribbean nations in 2012, and slightly improved
from last year in the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking. The country
eased business start-up by eliminating the review by the Prime Minister’s
office of the Incorporation Act submitted for publication.
other officials in attendance at Wednesday’s conference were Andy Rene
Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Development and Investment (CCPDEI);
Mr. Hervé Denis, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH);
Mr. Henri-Claude Müller-Poitvien President of the Tripartite Commission for the
implementation of the law Hope (CTMO-HOPE); a representative of the Georgia
Department of Economic Development, and several other local leaders.
Fernandez, Vice President of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce moderated the