Haiti needs more than remittances, U.S. ambassador says, it needs investment

Miami Herald, by Martin Vassolo, November 22, 2019

As a hunger crisis and political protests grip Haiti, the country’s U.S. ambassador met with a contingent of the Haitian diaspora Friday in North Miami to address U.S. efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and, in the long run, financial support to help local entrepreneurs bolster the local economy.

Ambassador Michele Sison was the keynote speaker at the eighth annual National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals Conference at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

“It has been a challenging last couple of weeks in Haiti,” she said. “But I really wanted to come and connect with you all.”

She mentioned the roadblocks across the country, and deteriorating conditions that have kept school-age children from attending classes regularly this school year. The political crises have led to humanitarian issues and economic uncertainty, she said.

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