Private investment by domestic and foreign actors has been a fundamental driving force in almost every instance of rapid and sustained economic growth in modern history. Companies committing to emerging countries can reap unparalleled returns while knowledge and expertise are advanced, new markets are accessed and old markets are expanded.
Haiti’s lack of physical infrastructure remains a major impediment to the structural reforms of the ports as well as the seaports. Although the government is working to overcome these crucial challenges, Haiti’s port fees are the highest in the Western Hemisphere. The country suffers capacity constraints and its transportation infrastructure is limited, with a national road network of 3,572 km in total length. Provision of electricity is sporadic and expensive.
This report was commissioned by International Trade Centre's (ITC) Ethical Fashion Initiative, a program designed to assist artisans. It examines the concept of a "fair wage" in the context of the cost of living and the prevailing wage scale within in Haiti. It concludes with a recommended wage scale for the artisan sector.
This dissertation is an attempt to use the radical political economy approach, which assumes that there is a connection between a state’s strategic interests and the interests of dominant multinational corporations (MNCs) located within a state’s territory, to explain continuity in the USAID development agenda and lending patterns during the past 30 years of development aid to Haiti