April 8, 2013
Reposted from Bloomberg
After a devastating earthquake, hurricanes and an imported cholera epidemic, impoverished Haiti seems an unlikely candidate for tough love. But that may be the best way to resolve a political impasse blocking the country’s recovery. More…
April 1, 2013
Reposted from Haitilibre.com
Following the earthquake of January 2010, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had cleared 268 million debt of Haiti and granted in July 2010, a line of credit, of up to $60 million over 3 years, in exchange of structural reforms. Monday, as part of this line of credit, the IMF announced, having made available to the Haitian authorities, an additional amount of $7.4 million, bringing to 54.1 million the total amount of loans unblocked by the institution. More…
March 18, 2013
Reposted from The Huffington Post
By Dan Glickman
Last week I had the privilege of joining former President Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and a group of private sector participants on a two-day visit to Haiti, the primary purpose being to examine opportunities for investment in the food and agricultural sectors. President Clinton has visited Haiti dozens of times in the past few years to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts after the tragic earthquake in 2010, and to encourage private sector investments in various sectors, including energy, infrastructure, health care and agriculture. His efforts to rebuild Haiti have been tireless, and it is no wonder that he was justifiably treated like a rock star everywhere we visited. More…
February 6, 2013
Reposted from USA Today
Ile a Vache, a paradise island in front of the city of Les Cayes.
By Jayne Clark,
Three years after the earthquake that ravaged Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and beyond, the country’s prime minister announced the island is angling for affluent tourists as a way to become more self-sufficient. More…
January 20, 2013
Reposted from The Huffington Post
By Elisabeth Braw
Previously published in Metro www.readmetro.com
Less than a year into the job, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti has already made a mark. The young former entrepreneur travels around the world to promote Haiti as an investment opportunity, not an aid recipient. And he’s aggressively building infrastructure at home. Lamothe, who made a fortune with his telecoms company in Africa, joined the government as Foreign Minister less than two years ago and was promptly promoted to Prime Minister. More…
January 15, 2013
Reposted from Foreign Policy
Construction of affordable homes in Port-au-Prince
By HERALDO MUÑOZ
PORT-AU-PRINCE -”Beyond the mountains,” according to a well-known Haitian proverb, there are “more mountains.” It’s an apt line in a country that has faced outsized challenges for as long as anyone can remember, but one that can only begin to describe the trials posed by the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which rocked the half-island nation three years ago. The quake killed more than 200,000 people, displaced 1.5 million, and destroyed some 300,000 buildings. It also inflicted close to $8 billion worth of damage, and destroyed roughly 80 percent of the country’s economy. More…
January 13, 2013
Reposted from AFP
Le Negre Marron statue
AFP – Three years after a massive earthquake ravaged Haiti, President Michel Martelly said Saturday the country was slowly rebuilding, despite the ongoing day-to-day misery of many survivors.
An estimated 250,000 people were killed in the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Hundreds of thousands are still living rough in squalid makeshift camps, and they now face rampant crime, a cholera outbreak and the occasional hurricane. More…
August 17, 2012
Reposted from NYtimes
By DEBORAH SONTAG
Since the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, a scrappy 12-year-old boy named Givenson Fanfan has been sleeping on the rock-hard floor of a tent pitched in a fetid camp dominated by a 50-foot tower of trash. He dreams of a bed.
In a hillside community, Terilien Brice, a 63-year-old grievously injured in the earthquake, lives like a shut-in inside his condemned house, which was marked with a red tag that is supposed to mean “no entry,” not no exit. He feels helpless.
Dieu Juste Saint Eloi, 68, in contrast, secured a one-room shelter with plastic sheeting for walls, but his clan of 12 squeezes into it. And it perches on a ledge above the ruins of his spacious home, into which his granddaughter keeps tumbling and breaking bones. More…
March 26, 2012
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark (right) with President Michel Martelly of Haiti.
Reposted from UN news center
The United Nations development chief today commended Haiti’s progress in rebuilding its capital, Port-au-Prince, two years after a devastating earthquake rocked the country killing 200,000 people.
“I saw a huge difference from the desolation I saw four days after the earthquake – the streets of Port-au-Prince are alive again,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, during her second visit to the country since the earthquake in January 2010. “I feel very confident in the capacity of the Haitian people to rebuild their own country.” More…
February 7, 2012
Reposted from Huffington Post
President Michel Martelly
By Michel Martelly
I’ve just come back from Davos, Swizterland where I participated at the 42nd annual World Economic Forum. I took advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate to those present that as of now, Haiti is once more open to foreign investors. And it is of incredible importance that I convince them to come to my country, and see what I mean. More…