Oppenheimer Report: There is hope for Haiti
By Jennifer Browning
Amidst the news reports of turmoil and devastation, The Oppenheimer Report in today’s Miami Herald discusses why there is hope for Haiti.
A recent report by Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it, says regardless of Haiti’s political problems, the current global crisis and devastation from recent hurricanes, that Haiti’s opportunities are far more favorable than other “fragile states” in which the small country is grouped.
The report offers numerous reasons why Haiti has a chance to be more successful than African and Asian countries in crisis. One being Haiti’s access to the world’s largest market. Haiti’s lobby in Washington has duty-free and quota-free access to the U.S. market guaranteed for the next nine years. Collier also mentions that Haiti also doesn’t suffer from a civil war, nor is it under attack by other nations.
The report calls for all key countries involved in Haiti’s success to combine their efforts and calls for them to simultaneously coordinate a plan to rebuild the small Caribbean country. Collier also makes recommendations for regional engagement along with job creation.
There is still much work ahead, and according to Oppenheimer, it is important for all involved with Haiti’s rebuilding to work together.
Read the full article here.