Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development and Investment

Laurent Lamothe and other advisers join forces for Haitian jobs

A well-known Haitian business leader and entrepreneur, Laurent Lamothe is working with the Haitian government to craft policy for creating jobs.

“The greatest need of the Haitian people is none other than job creation”, stated Mr. Lamothe as he introduced the plans for the Presidential Advisory Council.

Joining Mr. Lamothe as  co-chairman of the council is former US President, Bill Clinton. The panel will officially begin work after the global launch on September 21st, during the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Laurent Lamothe suggests that he sees himself as a “pragmatist” who favors concrete solutions to Haiti’s needs. This direct approach, based upon the current skill-set in Haiti should serve the council well.

We suggest that the council take the word CONCRETE to heart and use the World’s second most consumed product to create thousands of jobs in Haiti.

Their work in improving CONCRETE will be simplified by the thousands of skilled cement workers who are ready to go work. With some additional training and better technology these jobs would rebuild and repair a more sustainable future for Haiti.

Incremental improvements in the concrete supply chain will reduce the risk of future structural damage from disasters and increase the economic power of the country as a whole.

The council could focus on finding ways to provide building code oversight, small business financing and require construction contracts to go to Haitian concrete businesses. These “concrete solutions” will create jobs.

If concrete results are what is needed, then we must start at the foundation of the rebuilding process. Haiti needs a solid footing upon which to build a better economic future.

We challenge the Presidential Advisory Council to allow Haiti to build on the type of concrete solutions that they will enjoy at the UN building. After all, New York has been blessed with a functioning concrete supply chain for over 100 years. Doesn’t Haiti deserve a solid plan for better concrete results this time?

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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