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Haiti - Politics : Portrait of Jovenel Moïse, 58th President of Haiti
04/01/2017 08:33:46

Haiti - Politics : Portrait of Jovenel Moïse, 58th President of Haiti
Jovenel Moïse, the 58th President of the Republic of Haiti which will be invested to the Supreme Magistrature of the Nation on February 7, 2017, was born on June 26, 1968 in Trou du Nord (Northeast Department) in a modest family (father farmer and mechanic, mother seamstress).

In July 1974, he settled with his family in Port-au-Prince where he continued his primary education at the National School Don Durélin, then his secondary education at Lycee Toussaint Louverture first and then at theCultural Center of the Collège Canado Haitien. Later, he attended the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University Quisqueya. Despite his future already mapped as educator, he changes direction to engage in entrepreneurship.

In 1996, he left the capital and moved to Port-de-Paix, with the dream of developing the hinterland.

With very little investment capital, he created his first business at Port-de-Paix, "JOMAR Auto Parts", still in operation today.

The same year, his love of the land directs its efforts towards the establishment of an agricultural project. Jovenel sets up a plantation of 10 hectares of bananas in the Northwest Department.

Shortly after then father, he became aware that access to clean water is a major issue in the hinterland and embarked on a new project. In 2001, strengthened by his experiences, he decided to find a solution to this problem. He starts in partnership with the company Culligan of Port-au-Prince and combine loans from financial institutions and individuals, with difficulty, he started a water plant for distribution of drinking water in the North-West and North-East.

From his success in the business world and his desire to support community development, Jovenel became in 2004 a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Industry (CCINO). In no time, he was elected president of the CCINO. His ability to build a group synergy allows him to become Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CHIC) where he played a significant role in integrating the regional Chambers of Commerce, to ensure their full and fair representation within the CCIH.

Interested in regional electrification, he formed in 2008 with more partners, the Haitian Energy Company SA (COMPHENER SA), which aims to bring solar and wind energy to 10 communes of the Northwest department.

In 2012, in Trou du Nord, he founded AGRITRANS SA, bringing the agricultural project NOURRIBIO to become the first Haitian Agricultural Zone Franche. With this project, Jovenel Moïse has transformed a site dedicated to the abandonment of an integrated sustainable development project, a model for the development of agriculture in Haiti. Recall that the project NOURRIBIO has already enabled the emergence of more than a dozen agricultural projects that have created almost 3,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. This project is the most innovative in Haiti and the largest that the Caribbean has seen so far.

In 2015, the President Michel Martelly, designates Jovenel Moïse as presidential candidate of the political party he founded, the Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK).

Wherever he goes, Jovenel Moïse sold his vision of a bio-ecological agriculture as the engine of the Haitian economy, creates jobs and generates wealth for a population whose over 50% is rural. He proposes agriculture as the basis for economic recovery. His policy also includes elements that have been the workhorse of Martelly: education for all, access to health, energy reform, the rule of law, the creation of sustainable jobs, environmental protection, and development of Haiti come a tourist destination by adding eco-tourism and agro-tourism.

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