Haiti Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin
Hello to all, I would like to share with you these three photos.
I met the former Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean Max Bellerive and Anne Milfort, director of the Interim Committee for the Reconstruction of Haiti.
Finally I had a long talk with the minister (or rather the Minister) Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin.
We met at the Invest in Haiti Forum and invited me to his ministry.
About the Forum ... I was very impressed by the fervor that captures the air. 400 investors from Haiti and abroad participated.
Certainly many have approached the Forum as observers, but the desire to make radical changes to the country is very strong and the current government is showing a dynamism without precedent.
It will also be that the average age is 40 years of Ministers (the Minister of Tourism 28 years ago).
All speak at least 2 languages fluently and are well versed in Facebook, Twitter, the Internet and all modern communication systems ....
Even the President Martelly, in his opening speech, he stressed the intention of bringing Haiti on the road to development and to focus on two priorities: honesty and integrity in the country. (Well ... being a witness to all these things and then think about our Italy where we are ruled by old politicians both inside and outside is not very encouraging .... without considering the appearance of honesty and integrity ......).
Some interesting project was presented: the DIGICEL, the first phone company, will implement a project to be $ 50 million: a hotel that will be given to the management Marriott International, the famous chain alberghiera.Altro important project is the creation of the largest and Modern Center for Medical Education in Haiti that will be realized in the Central Plateau (in the area of Mirebalais), thanks to the Clinton Foundation.
In short, there is great excitement and Haiti, a country being TOTALLY reconstruction, offers enormous potential.
There is in fact only a particular sector in which to invest, but, after the earthquake, every sector of social and commercial life is subject to possible investments: infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports, airports), public buildings (hospitals, municipalities, schools), textiles, agriculture (do not forget that a two-hour flight from Haiti we are the USA, the world's largest market) and finally the tourism sector.
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In particular, Clinton has orchestrated a plan for turning the north of Haiti into a tourist pl...lained at a press conference that Haiti's government could create "more jobs by lowering the cost of doing business, including the cost of rent."
As TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson told Democracy Now! "That isn't the kind of investment that Haiti needs. It needs capital investment. It needs investment so that it can be self-sufficient. It needs investment so that it can feed itself."
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