Location: Reading Lounge How can we best use the resources of the Diaspora to help in the socio-economic development Haiti?  That is a question that many experts, institutions and government agencies have tried to answer in years.  With the Diaspora contributing a significant portion of the country’s GDP, many would argue that this contribution does […]
Location: 148-150 This conversation will focus on how the diaspora can contribute to ongoing efforts to develop job training and job placement programming for entry-level professionals and youth in Haiti. Recent figures released by the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs list a dismal set of statistics when it comes to the investment […]
Location: Ballroom East This panel is intended to provide a primer on the current immigration reform legislation before Congress. Caribbean communities, particularly Haitian Americans, were not very engage in the debate that took place over the last two years. Speakers will discuss aspects of the bill and implications for Haiti. The goal is to educate […]
Location:  Digital Auditorium The most important resource a country can have is its human capital.  The Haitian diaspora represents a significant source of human and economic resources.  Yet, it is one of the most untapped resources of the country for sustainable development.  This panel will explore the challenges that prevent the Haitian Diaspora from effectively […]
Location:  144-146 This dynamic group of women leaders will discuss ways to tackle the “Missing Middle” in the global economy and locally in Haiti.  SMEs generally occupy the middle of a sector or an economy, but in developing countries, they face many challenges that those in nations like the U.S. do not have. Many developing […]
Location:  148-150 If you are an entrepreneur and interested in strengthening the Haitian economy, come hear leaders from AmCham Haiti, Digicel, and Prestige.  AmCham Haiti is a leading private sector institution that has been engaging the diaspora for over 35 years; Prestige ap brase lajwa nan lavi chak ayisyen; and Digicel has been keeping Haiti […]
Location:  Digital Auditorium The study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is being heavily encouraged around the globe.  According to the United Nations, “Capacity in science and technology is a key element in economic and social development.” Encouraging STEM growth in Haiti can serve as a means to train future leaders within the professions […]
Location:  Ballroom East Across the Caribbean, conversations about how to reconcile development with environmental protection and sustainable resource management are prevalent. This panel will highlight the sustainability projects diaspora leaders are implementing in Haiti to preserve the environment and protect local natural resources, while also creating economic opportunity. Haitians living abroad are advancing initiatives that […]
Location:  144-146 Reaching the C-suite can be the pinnacle of one’s career. But what does it take to go there or to reach the upper echelons of one’s profession? In this panel, CEOs and other C-level executives will share their experience on what has contributed to their success, the challenges they have faced and how […]
Location:  Ballroom East As this year’s conference focuses on leveraging the diaspora’s political and economic power for the good of Haiti, the Diaspora Engagement in Business and Economic Development panel looks to engage the audience on a frank, transparent, and realistic discussion on what it actually means to identify and pursue business opportunities and economic […]
Location: 148-150 Haiti was awarded a ten-year preferential access to the U.S.-market through special tariff exemptions under the Hemispheric Opportunity though Partnership Encouragement (HOPE II).  Being part of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), Haiti is also the beneficiary of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which offers preferential access to the European Union market. This panel […]
Location: Digital Auditorium Innovation technology has propelled the BPO industry globally beyond India. For a country like Haiti with a young workforce, there is tremendous opportunity for growth, especially in outsourcing segments within business services, energy, technology, telecom, health care, travel and transport. Haiti has identified the BPO sector to spur economic growth, job creation […]
Location:  144-146 In a study published in 2014, the World Bank reports that poverty eradication continues to be a major challenge for Haiti as 70% of Haitians are either living below or just above the poverty line.   This causes a large portion of the population to be extremely vulnerable to economic, natural, and political shocks.  […]

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