Haiti Not Ready for Return of Big Business, says Human Rights Expert
- Created on Sunday, December 02, 2012 9:54 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The independent expert of the United Nations on the situation of human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, announced on Friday after reviewing the human rights situation in Haiti, that "Haiti is not presently ready for the return of big business."
Haitian Drivers Strike against Tax Hikes
- Created on Monday, November 26, 2012 1:33 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Drivers began a general strike on Monday, promising not to transport anyone until the Haitian government returns on its decision to impose an increase in taxes on drivers' incomes and commercial licenses.
Karibe Hotel looks to double capacity in expansion
- Created on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:06 PM
BOSTON, USA (defend.ht) - Haiti's premier hotelier Richard Buteau has commissioned J/Brice Design International to design a new wing for The Karibe Hotel & Spa that will include 100 luxury guestrooms, as well as an upscale eatery and entertainment venue with rooftop terraces and commanding sea views.
New Haitian Digital Television Channel coming to South Florida
- Created on Monday, November 05, 2012 1:00 PM
MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - For Morrocan film producer Claude Mancuso the digital revolution has been a rebirth. The man who founded the Haitian Television Network of America in South Florida back in 1988 closed his local station in 2006. The availability of more channels through digital television has allowed him to get back in the business of Haitian television.
Official Opening of the Caracol Industrial Park
- Created on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:47 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Michel Martelly presided over the official opening of the Caracol Industrial Park on Monday, October 22, 2012. The president welcomed the project launched by former President Rene Preval that is now the largest and most modern industrial park in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Muhammad Yunus announces financing for Haitian businesses
- Created on Monday, October 15, 2012 3:03 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Nobel peace price laureate Muhammad Yunus announced that his group would providing loans and equity investments to several Haitian businesses. The financing will range from $80,000 to $500,000 with interest rates from 6-10%.
New tax on alcohol and tobacco in Haiti
- Created on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 8:24 AM
MIAMI, USA (defend.ht) - Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said Monday the country is moving to increase taxes [on alcohol and tobacco] to raise $100 million to make “a big difference in the education system.”
USAID-Haiti Cash-for-Work Program is Underachieving
- Created on Wednesday, October 03, 2012 7:20 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - A USAID internal audit of the cash-for-work program in Haiti found that efforts had fallen short of expectations. Program leaders stuck with rubble-removal rather than diversifying reconstruction projects, did not meet employment goals, some as low as 32%, increased the risk for serious injury and may have enabled corruption by local government officials.
Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists: Building the Economy of Tomorrow
- Created on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 6:09 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year in Haiti, a country facing many economic problems is entering its third edition and there have been more applications received than in previous years.
Salami Exporters in D.R. Losing Millions after Ban in Haiti
- Created on Friday, September 28, 2012 3:57 PM
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - On Thursday, meat exporters in the Dominican Republic demanded an understanding between the Haitian and Dominican governments to lift a ban on importing salami meat into Haiti that is amounting to losses in the millions.
Haiti: Digicel Announces Closing of Voila
- Created on Monday, September 17, 2012 10:55 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Six month's after Digicel acquired Voila, it announced that the Voila network and company will be closing on October 15.
Haiti: Minimum Wage Increases to 200 HTG for Industrial Workers
- Created on Friday, September 14, 2012 12:07 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - An October 1, 2009 bill signed into law by former President Rene Preval to raise the daily minimum wage from 70 HTG ($1.69 [US]) to 200 HTG ($4.82 [US]) will go into effect on October 1, 2012 the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Josepha Gauthier announced on Thursday.
Haiti: Carnaval des Fleurs was a Net Loss
- Created on Saturday, September 08, 2012 10:34 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – Carnivals, whether in Les Cayes or in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, are enjoyable, but not profitable in terms of government revenue. After an analysis of the cost/revenue report by the Minister of Culture and Chairman of the recent carnival committee that claimed a gain of 21 million HTG in revenue for the public treasury, we found it not to be true. The numbers add up to a net loss for the state of 46 million HTG.
Haiti - Open Letter to President: Businessman Announces Lawsuit against Government
- Created on Friday, September 07, 2012 1:13 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - André Apaid Jr, the businessman abased on Monday at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, being prohibited from traveling abroad, over allegations of unpaid taxes, released a critical open letter to President Michel Martelly ultimately announcing intentions to sue the government.
Haiti: State Electricity Announces Plans to Make Power Available 24 Hours per Day
- Created on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 5:36 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Andress Appolon, Director General of Electricity of Haiti, having repaired all circuits lost a week after the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac announced a $160 million plan to have electricity available in Port-au-Prince 24 hours per day.
Haiti: Business Leaders Prohibited from Leaving the Country for Alleged Tax Evasion
- Created on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 7:34 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – A prominent businessman in Haiti was stopped from leaving the country on Monday by port authority officials at the international airport for alleged tax evasion, a charge the business leader is contesting.
Haiti: Power Outages across Port-au-Prince
- Created on Saturday, August 25, 2012 1:37 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - At least 32 power grids lost power in metropolitan due to Tropical Storm Isaac which passed over Haiti Friday night. Authorities at Electricity of Haiti (EDH) believe damage was minimized by preventative measures taken before the storm such as trimming tree branches threatening power lines and prepare gas generators for backup.
Haiti: New Director to Facilitate Investment, Georges Andy Rene
- Created on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:32 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A new director of the Investment Facilitation Center, Georges Andy Rene, was formally installed on Tuesday and given the task of taking Haiti from its 174th ranking in countries to do business in, into the top 50 of nations.
New Head of Electricite d'Haiti Andress Appolon
- Created on Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:09 AM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The new, and first female, Director General of Electricity d'Haiti, Andress Apollon, convened the board of directors of the power company Thursday to adopt two resolutions that are hoped to lead to more effective delivery of electricity by EDH.
Haiti: Gregory Mevs Named Chair of Pres. Council on Investment
- Created on Saturday, August 18, 2012 3:58 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Friday, the Office of the Presidency announced Gregory Mevs would co-Chair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton the Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development and Investment (CCPDEI).