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Haiti - Economy : The President Martelly wants to create 500,000 jobs in 36 months
30/11/2011 10:00:20

Haiti - Economy : The President Martelly wants to create 500,000 jobs in 36 months
The President Michel Martelly, accompanied by former U.S. President William J. Clinton, who co-chairs, alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs Laurent Lamothe, the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development and Investment, and of resident of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) Luis Alberto Moreno, has officially, this Tuesday, November 29, 2011, launched he second Forum on investment in Haiti.

In his speech for the occasion, the Head of State reiterated its commitment to make significant changes for the Haitian people during his tenure and announced the creation of new jobs with the arrival of investors in the country.

"...and now is the turn of Haiti to meet its commitments, to make of Haiti a great place to do business [...] it's why we are all here today, Haiti is a promising country where investors who want to make a difference, can make a difference by investing in Haiti and help our future, helping to create prosperity for the nation, for our people and for generations to come.

When I was sworn in as President of Haiti, I said 'We will change this country' and when I spoke to the United Nations two months ago, I reiterated my commitment to implement this change. The investment forum underlies my total commitment to Haiti to be the engine of growth and ensure that our country is a country open for business to investors [...]

I am personally committed to stimulate growth across the country, I intend to keep that promise, and for this, we will start by creating sustainable employment both in urban and rural areas, through strong partnerships between the public and the private sector. As many of you know, education is the foundation of my vision for change in this country. We want to strengthen, revitalize our rural communities and create new ones beyond Port-au-Prince. Rural communities in Haiti are sources not yet captured for investment here, the purpose of this forum is to show you these opportunities not yet captured in order to attract investment that will accelerate the decentralization. [...] we have set ourselves an objective in terms of job creation, we want to create 500,000 jobs over the next 36 months [...] our role as the Haitian government, is to create a favorable environment for international and local investors. We already took the necessary steps to position Haiti to a more competitive place for new market opportunities. Some of these measures include, among others, tax incentives and reforms. The bottom line is that we want that investors make a profit, so that Haiti can prosper..."

The IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno, declared, for his part, that this forum is very important for Haiti, where new opportunities will be created "...let me tell you that Haiti is open for business that it alive and strong. Today we welcome the citizens of more than 29 countries to help Haiti, to achieve this goal for change, the international community is fully committed to helping the country for its economic, social and environmental problems."

Same point of view for the former President Bill Clinton who wants to become more involved in the activities aiming a better future for the country. "...we are really in a position to take the first steps towards the needs of Haiti, building a modern economy, maximizing the resources [...] empower Haitians to build a modern state and be a good partner [.. .] everyone on the podium wants that all potential investors are making money, in our opinion, make a profit is not a bad thing, we just want that you earn money to help the Haitian people..."

In a press conference after the launch of the forum, the Prime Minister, Dr. Garry Conille and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Wilson Laleau gave guarantees regarding specific measures to be taken to facilitate and secure investments.

The second forum on investment ends this Wednesday, November 30 with a panel who will speak on sustainable employment and innovation.

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