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.
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.