PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, November 11, 2009 - Newly selected Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive has vowed to further Haiti's pro-business stance, as the country looks to capitalise on the domestic and international outpouring of business interests looking at investment opportunities in Haiti.
That's according to the newly-formed Haitian Economic Development Foundation.
And President Youri Mevs says the business community is pleased with Bellerive's focus on continuing to further the pro-business direction encouraged by President René Préval.
"Humanitarian assistance to our country is indeed crucial, but expansion of the business sector in order to create jobs is the long-term solution that will most impact the future of our people," Mevs said.
Haiti has recently seen an up-swell in both domestic and international investments, with organisations such as Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines increasing their visibility on the island and announcements from local major enterprises such as WIN Group, which in coordination with the Soros Economic Development Fund, plans to build a US$45 million new Free Zone.
The capital was also recently the host of a conference organised by the Inter-American Development Bank, aimed at encouraging investment in the garment, agricultural and energy sectors. The conference was attended by hundreds of potential investors, including companies of the stature of Gap, Levi Strauss and American Eagle Outfitters.
A major catalyst to this activity has been the involvement of US President Bill Clinton, whose tireless work as the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti has not only brought awareness to the country's plight, but has manifested itself in actual investments.
"We believe that the opportunity before us with the international community as it relates to investment in Haiti is unprecedented," Mevs said.
"We want to let the world know that Haiti is truly open for business."
The Haitian Economic Development Foundation was designed to foster economic growth throughout Haiti. It is comprised of some of the nation's most influential enterprises and individuals, with the singular goal of attracting and fostering business in Haiti.