Prime Minister sets housing and jobs goals for 2012
As the new year begins in Haiti, government leaders are again committing their efforts to improve housing conditions for the people. This time Prime Minister Dr. Garry Conille is adding the need for massive job creation to his list of goals.
A 2009 study by the World Bank suggests that work on infrastructure projects will create a multiplication of jobs within the construction sector and beyond. The research paper indicates that, direct and indirect employment generation for infrastructure projects averages 40,000 jobs per $1-billion(US) spent. Haiti’s infrastructure is in such disrepair that reconstruction would provide solid jobs for the people. Then when you add in government and commercial buildings that need to be built, and thousands of homes, there should be construction jobs well into the future.
The fact is that the most consumed product for these development projects will be concrete. So a functioning concrete supply chain will be a critical first step in providing the jobs that Dr. Conille desires. The investments that Haiti’s leaders are suggesting will be wasted if they do not find a way to create a quality concrete production system for their country. Haiti does not need more rubble producing concrete products in their future.
Prime Minister Conille and others of the administration need to find a way to improve the quality of concrete construction in all corners of the country. This will never happen if they don’t make a concerted effort to decentralize their concrete supply systems. Without planing and a commitment to concrete improvements, people will not have access to better tools and training needed to build sustainable infrastructure and housing.
We suggest a government plan to encourage Haitian entrepreneurs to participate in the concrete supply chain and the economic strength of their country. What job multiplication plan do you think Haiti should adopt?