Still Fragile, Haiti Makes Sales Pitch

It did not appear that a single new deal was signed last week at a two-day investment conference in Haiti, the poorest nation in the hemisphere, The New York Times reported. But the simple fact that hundreds of potential investors showed up to network and discuss possible projects created hope in a country that has been long shunned as too unsafe to visit, never mind invest in. Haiti is used to well-meaning foreigners, most of them relief workers, peacekeepers and missionaries. But this was a new group: profit-minded people assessing Haiti based on its bottom line. “We’re coming out of the paradigm of humanitarian help and brotherly love and moving to the creation of wealth and business,” said Patrick Delatour, the minister of tourism. Read more.