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Doing Business in Haiti

Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Haiti - Port-au-Prince.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Haiti (the Caribbean)
  2. Haitian Economy
  3. Haiti's advantages
  4. Doing Business in Port-au-Prince
  5. Foreign Trade of Haiti
  6. Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act
  7. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Haiti
  8. Business Opportunities in Haiti
    1. Apparel
    2. Agribusiness
    3. Tourism
    4. BPO and IT
  9. Case Study:
    1. Apparel and textiles sector in Haiti
    2. Sûrtab (Android-based tablet)
  10. Access to the Haitian Market
  11. Business Plan for Haiti

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Haiti” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Haitian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Republic of Haiti
  3. To explore Haiti's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Haiti's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Haitian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Haitian Market
The Subject “Doing Business in Haiti” is part of the following programs:
  1. Masters (e-learning): International Business, America
  2. Doctorate in Business in America

Learning materials in English or Spanish Haiti French Haïti

Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Haiti”: 0.5 ECTS Credits

Master in International Business for the Caribbean students (CARICOM).

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Haiti
Doing Business in Haiti

Description of the Subject: Foreign Trade and business in Haiti

The Republic of Haiti

Haiti was the first black Republic and the second to become independent.

  1. Population of Haiti: 10 million (65% under the age of 30, black 95%)
  2. Capital: Port-au-Prince
  3. 2010 earthquake
  4. Official languages of Haiti: French and Creole (official)
  5. Area: 27,750 square kilometres
  6. Haiti is the second-largest island the Caribbean
  7. Haitian frontier: The Dominican Republic
  8. Near countries: Cuba (77 kilometres), Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the United States
  9. Independence from France: 1825
  10. Abolition of the Slavery in Haiti: (1804)
  11. African Diaspora in Haiti: 10.2 million of people (95% of the Haitian population)
  12. Toussaint Louverture


  1. Catholicism (official) 55%
  2. Protestants 28%
  3. Voodoo (official) 2.1%

Haiti belongs to the Caribbean Economic Area of the Christian Civilisation

Haitian Economy.

  1. Post-earthquake Action Plan for National Recovery and Development of Haiti
  2. 80% of the population living under the poverty line
  3. Economic recovery since 2011
  4. Haitian GDP growth: 3.6%
  5. Top Haitian economic sectors: tourism (1 million tourist/year), apparel industry (36,000 workers, 10% of GDP), agribusiness, electronics manufacturing (Android-based tablets), free zones, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), and information technology (IT) Industry
  6. The Government support to free trade zones, and industrial parks
  7. Global brands in Haiti: Heineken, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Marriot
  8. One of the most corrupt countries

Haitian Foreign Trade.

  1. Top Haitian export sector: Apparel
  2. The largest ports: Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien
  3. Transit time Port-au-Prince to Port Everglades (Florida, US): three days
  4. Main Haitian agribusiness exports: bananas, cocoa, coffee, mangos, and sisal

Haiti Free Trade Agreements

Haiti has Preferential Access and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with

  1. Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act - the United States
  2. Beneficiary of Everything but Arms (EBA) - European Union-
  4. Colombia-Haiti (CARICOM) Agreement (FTA)
  5. Agreement Costa Rica-Caribbean Community (Haiti)
  6. CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EU)
  7. Caribbean-Canada Trade Agreement (CARIBCAN)
  8. CARICOM-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  9. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)
  10. United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)
  11. Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME)
  12. Association of Caribbean States (Haiti)
  13. Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA)
  14. Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC)

Costa Rica-CARICOM Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Toussaint Louverture Diaspora

Caribbean Basin Initiative (United States)

Colombia-Haiti FTA (CARICOM):
CARICOM-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Haiti is a member of:

  1. Organisation of American States (OAS)
  2. Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC)
  3. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  4. Latin American and the Caribbean Economic System (SELA
  5. Caribbean Development Bank
  6. Commonwealth
  7. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  8. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  9. World Bank (WB)
  10. World Customs Organisation
  11. United Nations

CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement

The Agreement European Union-CARICOM (Haiti)
European Union-CARICOM Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

Caribbean Development Bank

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