Despite skepticism there is hope for Haiti

Haiti In The News - February 13 2009, 2:08 AM

Surprise! Contrary to general belief, there is hope for Haiti.

Why?

Haiti is not part of a troubled region.

Unlike many African and Central Asian countries with severe internal problems, Haiti lives in a peaceful neighborhood and is not under attack from other nations or foreign-based guerrilla groups.

Haiti is not divided by civil war, nor does it have a guerrilla group ready to launch a rebellion.

It has a huge and nearby diaspora.

Haiti's immigrant community in the United States and Canada is proportionally one of the largest in the world, and it provides the country with massive family remittances, a reservoir of skills and a powerful political lobby.

Haiti has a preferential access to the world's largest market.

Thanks in part to its lobby in Washington, Haiti has duty-free and quota-free access to the U.S. market guaranteed for the next nine years -- more than most other countries.

Haiti's current political leadership is good by the standards of most troubled countries in post-conflict situations.

Read this article in full here:
miamiherald.com/news/americas/haiti/story/900099.html

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Greg Peters says...

I agree with your statement that the Haitian diaspora send a huge amount in remittances. But do you know that a... more »