Haitian People Have the Capacity to Rebuild

A strong voice suggesting that Haiti knows what it wants

Regine Simon-Barjon with Biotek Haiti S.A has been praised as she boldly suggested to the Western Hemisphere and International Development Subcommittee that Haitian people have capacity. She emphasized that, “looking for other people to come in and fix Haiti’s problems misses the mark.” She stated: “Haitian people have the capacity…they know what they want”.

She discussed the capacity of Haiti in terms of agricultural issues, but home-grown capacity should be allowed to flourish in other sectors as well.
Haiti redevelopment committee
The Senators were asking how investment opportunities should be expanded when political infighting is disrupting the process in Haiti’s Parliament. The members of the panel of experts each had their wish list of things that would make investments flow, but Mrs. Barjon stayed focused on empowering the people.

She pointed out that small and medium businesses like we have in abundance here in the US are almost non-existent in Haiti. We agree that the focus should be directed toward the people who want to create small businesses using local capacity.

CementTrust likes a redevelopment plan that creates small and medium businesses that empower the people of Haiti. We believe, like Regine Simon-Barjon, that Haiti has the capacity, intelligence and willpower to rebuild a better standard of living for themselves. International funding should take the good skills that indigenous people already possess and expand them with our supportive technology and training. Then after we empower them, we should get out of their way and let them build.

Listen to the expert testimonies on this video…


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5 Responses to Haitian People Have the Capacity to Rebuild

  1. Marahlia says:

    I have not heard them address the issue of personal safety. The violence/kidnapping perpetrated against Haitians and Haitian diaspora visiting Haiti is unacceptable and creates a drawback amongst any one who would love to go and invest, or participate in the rebuilding of Haiti. We, Haitian overseas, have the financial and intellectual means, the technical skills, experience and know-how to improve Haiti and the live of the Haitian people, but we often encounter all kinds of resentments in Haiti and amongst all Haitians indistinctively. Those resentments include: jalousy, lack of collaboration, unwillingness, boycott, manipulation, dishonesty, hatred, threat, violence, kidnapping, assassination, intimidation, etc… Please address and resolve the issue of personal safety, because, I am living a very comfortable life overseas and I am not going to compromise my safety and that of my family to help a country where I will be compensated with assassination or kidnapping. Until Haiti established a justice system that works, Haiti will continue to sink deeper and deeper in the mud.

    PS: I am Haitian and would love to go back to Haiti, but I am extremely skeptical

    • cementtrust says:

      It saddens me when I hear of the terrible things that some people do to others who are trying to help, so I agree that personal safety should be improved.

      CementTrust does not have the expertise or influence to do much about the injustice perpetrated upon those involved in fixing Haiti. Our expertise is in the development of concrete construction supply issues. Of course, the safety of our team and partners is something that we must be aware of as we work in Haiti.

      It seems that trust must be earned by the government officials (Haitian and others) who are directing the efforts to rebuild the country. They still need you and your passion for Haiti…

      It is my belief that Haitians like yourself will make a huge difference in the economic growth of Haiti, once you feel comfortable and safe. We think that an appropriately scaled version of a franchise system would assist in building up the concrete supply chain and improving economic security. We discussed that concept here: https://cementtrust.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/could-micro-franchising-help-haiti-to-rebuild-stronger/

      I hope that you will not loose confidence in a better future…

  2. biotekhaiti says:

    I would like to state that despite the negative perceptions of many in the international community regarding lack of security in Haiti, – Haiti has the 2nd lowest crime rate in the Caribbean.
    About 1/3 that of the Dominican Republic and 1/4th that of Jamaica.
    The difference is that rather than contained crime in certain areas, in Haiti the crime seems more evenly spread out.
    Though any crime perpetuated against any visitor or citizen is terrible, Haitians should be proud that in spite of huge poverty rates and daily challenges, that Cuba is the only country in the Caribbean with a lower crime rate than Haiti.
    Crime should be addressed appropriately, but let’s try not to blow crime out of proportion, – especially in comparaison with other like countries.
    Haitians and Haitian-Americans should be and/or become Haiti’s best embassadors!

    Please see below article regarding Haiti crime rate at the height of Haiti insecurity:

    Alter Presse Friday 3 February 2006
    Surprisingly, whereas Haiti – generally perceived as one of the world’s most dangerous trouble spots – has a 2005 murder rate of approximately 11.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, in the Dominican Republic, where there were 2,403 violent deaths in 2005, the murder rate is 26.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.

    Across the Caribbean region, authorities are struggling to cope with a growing problem of violent crime. Guyana, the former British colony on the north coast of the South American land mass with a population of just 765,000, recorded over 120 violent deaths in 2005 – a murder rate of 15.7.

    Trinidad and Tobago, the oil and gas-rich twin island state in the south-east Caribbean has an even worse rate. The 384 murders committed in 2005 among a population of just under 1.1 million gives a murder rate of 35.7 – three times that in Haiti.

    • cementtrust says:

      Thank you for sharing you insights on the Haitian crime rates. We appreciate that those who have expertise in various fields come to this site and share.

      The international community, Haitian-Americans and the Haitian people should find ways to combine efforts to improve every facet of life in Haiti.

      We remain committed to finding ways to join with others to see that Haiti can have a solid and trustworthy hope in their own future.

  3. marahlia says:

    Thank you BiotekHaiti for the insight! This is encouraging news! We definitely need as much encouraging news about Haiti as we can get.

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