Haiti Forward – Next Steps for the NAAHP’s 20/40 Vision
Thank you for your continued support of the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals. As we prepare for the conference in November, we hope to answer your critical questions before the event.
NAAHP is looking towards Haiti’s future and how to reach the tomorrow we all dream of. A country with a place on the world stage, a healthy economy, a large tourism industry, a connected diaspora, and strong trade throughout the world. To achieve this shared vision, we have created a NAAHP Haiti Roadmap, a 2020-2040 Vision that will foster the growth and changes that will lead us towards this bright future.
We identified keys to continuing Haiti’s upward trajectory and how to take it even farther through a powerful ecosystem that would facilitate more trade, penetrating the global economy, and promote wealth creation and subsequently make Haiti an attractive investment for global companies. Building this ecosystem would create a financial backbone and the stability needed to enhance the economic opportunities of Haiti’s population, including stable education, increased living wages, and more jobs.
Three key components can help us create such an ecosystem: infrastructure, governance, and clusters.
In order to fully step out onto the world stage, Haiti will need the infrastructure to match. To attract more tourism, business, and growth Haiti must become accessible inside and outside of the country. This means improving Haiti’s water, education, transportation, energy, and telecommunications, giving the country the solid foundation it needs to take the next steps.
As Haiti cleanses itself of corruption and looks towards the future, key partnerships in the private and public sector can help strengthen the laws and regulations necessary to foster business growth within the country and obtain more foreign direct investment. With tightened cyber security, fair investment rules, business licensing regulations, secure ownership rights, competition laws, healthy corporate practices, and increased transparency and accountability, Haiti can dispel lingering fears and form a community inside and outside of the country that stimulates investment and growth.
These clusters will pool together producers, institutions, businesses, economic experts, and other key figures to make groups that create advantages, resources, and connections. Industry-focused, these clusters will be workforce development, capital formation, and entrepreneurship to create sustainable growth. Some of these industries include: transshipment, cultural “eco” tourism, organic crops and foods, and business process outsourcing.
With these three key components, Haiti can create building blocks that lead to a bright and prosperous future.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as our Roadmap 2020-2040 vision is ready to become a comprehensive guideline to Haiti’s future success. If you would like to become a part of this movement, join us at the conference in Miami, Florida. We look forward to hearing your ideas there.