FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after…
By Daniella Bien-Aime
Have you heard?
A Marriott has opened in Port-au-Prince and a Hilton isn’t far behind.
Announcements like this mark a change in Haiti’s business landscape that the Haitian Diaspora should be happy about. In the last few years, some of the bold business-minded members of the diaspora have taken matters into their own hands and started their own businesses.
These entrepreneurs understand that business creation is the best route to economic self-sustainability for the country. It is exciting to discover and report on these emerging businesses. As you look at the list you might say, well it’s only four businesses, but as these businesses succeed they will inspire others. Remember that, seven years ago, these business opportunities did not even exist, much less have an upscale supermarket carrying a product made in Haiti. The products from these companies are either created in Haiti or use materials from Haiti.
On Mar. 21, the Haitian Roundatable presented its third edition of the 1804 List “to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding acts of service, innovators within their profession, and the rising stars who have made significant contributions in the United States, Haiti and beyond.” Thirty Haitian American professionals and leaders were honored at the awards ceremony that took place at the Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Mona Scott-Young and Dr. Jeff Gardere.
For 40 years Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP) has provided well-needed and welcomed support to Haitian immigrants and their families in Southeast Queens. The nonprofit will now be able to extend their services to the community with the addition of two brand new 24-passenger buses they were awarded earlier this month.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Haiti asked the U.N. on Wednesday to delay a plan that would nearly cut in half its peacekeeping force there, just as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is poised to enter a tense election period.
Ambassador Denis Regis warned the U.N. Security Council that the withdrawal, which begins this month, will jeopardize the country’s security situation. President Michel Martelly made the same plea in a letter to the U.N. this month.
By Max A. Joseph Jr.
Anyone with an ounce of common sense might find it odd that Haiti, a country accustomed to being sanctioned by the international community for the simplest perceived offense, cannot use the same course of action to advance or defend her interests. And, it is all the more illogical that Haitian leaders, past and present, have consistently embraced a policy of peaceful coexistence with the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s contiguous and meddlesome neighbor, which has continuously proven, through its deeds, to pose an existential threat to the Haitian people. History is a culmination of asymmetrical events, the longer the Dominican Republic threat is ignored, the more catastrophic it will be to Haiti and its people.
Haitian government and election authorities on Monday expressed concern about the security of the upcoming elections as UN peacekeepers plan to pull out of six of the Caribbean country’s ten regions as part of a withdrawal plan voted over the past couple of years by the UN Security Council.
The Haitian Minister in charge of the election issue within the government, Fritz Jean-Louis, said the absence of UN troops in most of the regions during the crucial presidential, legislative and local elections will be a security hazard which can reveal to be very challenging.
By Melissa Bernier
Haiti has been all over our timelines and newsfeeds, and for good reason. Amidst a sizable television campaign by the Ministry of Tourism, Haiti has gotten the stamp of approval from several celebrities including Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, our own Garcelle Beauvais and Angela Simmons. “Tourism” is the hot button word as of late, and nothing does better for tourism than Instagram feeds lined with pics of celebs frolicking in the sand and sun.
By Vania Andre
For some traditional Haitian parents, the only careers their children should aim for are ones in medicine and law. After all, according to those who subscribe to that belief, that’s the only way to make a good living. So, imagine the surprise of Macdala Prevot’s family, when she decided to leave law school, and pursue a career in film, at Haiti’s only film school, Cine Institute.
Haiti has set a date for delayed legislative elections that have been a source of increasing political friction while scheduling its presidential election for later this year.
The election for all members of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies will be Aug. 9, according to an announcement late Wednesday by Mosler Georges, executive director of the Provisional Electoral Council.
The Ambassador of Japan to Haiti, his Excellency Mr. Katsuyoshi Tamura and Senior Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mrs. Sophie de Caen today signed two funding agreements worth US$8.4 million to support elections and build resilience in Haiti.
An initial contribution of US$4.5 million will support technical and material assistance to the country’s upcoming elections, as well as boosting Haiti’s electoral systems. The funds will reinforce the electoral process support fund established in 2005 by the Government of the Republic of Haiti, the European Union, the United States, Canada and Brazil.