July 28, 2013
Haiti’s carnival of flowers in Port-au-Prince last year. The three-day festival celebrates new beginnings and the revitalisation of the island.
Reposted from The Guardian
Haiti proclaimed its independence in 1804, the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so. Despite having to pay an extortionate independence fee, equivalent to $21bn (£14bn) in today’s money, it was a relatively prosperous and peaceful place to live.
Indeed, most Haitians had a decent life before the 1960s, when the country could have been likened to Canada and Australia in terms of human development indices. More…
July 15, 2013
Reposted from: Haiti Business Week
By: Marina Vatav
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced that it will provide $26.5 million in financing to Turgeau Developments S.A. to build a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince. The 175-room Marriott hotel is expected to open in 2015 and will offer a complete package of services and amenities. It will create an estimated 300 jobs during construction and more than 200 permanent jobs during operations.
May 30, 2013
Reposted from The New York Times
The Pétionville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has long been a tourism-friendly area, with a smattering of boutiques, galleries and restaurants
Now it is home to a Best Western Premier, the first of several of the hotelier’s upscale branded properties that are planned throughout the Caribbean. The $15 million hotel is also the first in the area affiliated with an American hospitality company since the Holiday Inn closed 15 years ago. More…
May 8, 2013
Reposted from Haitilibre.com
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is hosting a Corporate Governance conference in Port au Prince today aimed at helping Haitian firms and family-owned businesses develop sound corporate governance practices to operate more efficiently, improve their access to capital, and manage their risks effectively. More…
February 18, 2013
Reposted from The Caribbean Journal
By Alexander Britell
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — Political leaders from across the Caribbean Community have begun arriving in Haiti for the 24th Intersessional CARICOM Meeting of the Heads of Government summit that begins here tomorrow.
It is the first time Haiti, which assumed the CARICOM Chairmanship at the beginning of 2013, has hosted the meeting. More…
January 28, 2013
Reposted from The Guardian
A vendor at downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, sells cherries from a hand-woven basket.
By Michelle Loubon
Lured by ruins of Sans Souci at Milot and the Citadel Fortress, tourists flock to the city of Cap-Haitien, on Haiti’s north coast. They make the trek past mountainous scenic landscapes to “ile de l’amour” (island of love) at Ile-a-vache. In fact, Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told Caribbean Journal in an interview in December it has high hopes for the tourism potential of picturesque Ile a Vache. 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…
January 6, 2013
Reposted from PR Newswire
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Haiti is one of the safest destinations; not just in the Caribbean, but throughout all the Americas. This is the general finding of recent studies on crime in the region which show that Haiti has the lowest rate of violent deaths in comparison to previous years. More…
December 27, 2012
Reposted from Fiber2Fashion
Inter-American Development Bank
The new company Industrial Revolution II LP (IRII) will receive a loan of up to $1 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), allowing it to retrofit and equip a garment factory in Port-au-Prince and train workers living at the base of the economic pyramid in Haiti. IRII’s project to introduce high-end manufacturing in Haiti is sponsored by an investment group that is headed by Joelle Berdugo Adler, the founder of the Montreal-based ONExONE Foundation, which operates in Canada, the United States and Haiti; Richard Coles, a Haitian textile executive, and Robert Broggi, a Boston-based finance industry executive. More…