Sep 18
September 18, 2012

Building Partnerships to Strengthen Haiti’s Economic Recovery


Photo: President Clinton visits with students at the Haiti Hotel School in Port-au-Prince, where 200 students each year receive hospitality training.

Yesterday, President Clinton visited Port-au-Price, Haiti, to see the progress of programs and announce new partnerships, which support the Clinton Foundation’s goals of capacity building, economic development and job creation. During his trip, President Clinton visited the Haiti Hotel School, the only hospitality school of its kind in the country; announced a new partnership between the New York University’s Stern School of Business, Stern Consulting Corp, Booz & Co., with Haiti’s Center for Investment Facilitation; and, introduced the Qatar Foundation’s new programs that will address both the immediate and long-term needs of the people of Haiti.

In an effort to improve the tourism sector in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) made a $264,000 grant to the Oasis Foundation to help reopen the Haiti Hotel School after the 2010 earthquake. While visiting the school, President Clinton met with students and faculty to see the progress made since the donation. The Oasis Foundation, which provides training and resources for people pursuing careers in the hospitality industry and works to reinvigorate the hospitality sector in Haiti, now operates the school in conjunction with Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism. Today, the Haiti Hotel School provides hospitality training to over 200 students each year.

As part of the Clinton Foundation’s programs to strengthen economic development and focus on private sector investment and job creation in Haiti, President Clinton announced Haiti’s Center for Investment Facilitation (CFI) new collaboration with New York University’s Stern School of Business, Stern Consulting Corp, Booz & Co. CFI will work with these organizations to assess best practices in the Caribbean region, and analyze how to improve the investment and business climate in Haiti.

Lastly, President Clinton joined Ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States, to announce five new Qatar Haiti Fund projects in Haiti.  The programs include: a partnership between the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Xavier University, and the University of Notre Dame to support students and professionals to further their education and training; Partners in Health will work to provide more accessible health care clinics in remote areas; and, USAID will build 180 new homes to contribute to safe housing for families that were affected by the 2010 earthquake. Since the 2010 earthquake, the Qatar Haiti Fund has committed $20 million to Haiti’s recovery efforts, focusing on the areas of health care, housing, education, and capacity building.

Learn more about the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti.