The annual Haiti Conference has been taking place for the 4th time from the 17th
to the 19th of April at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This event is part of
sustainatopia, an organization promoting change in the world in order to create a
better future for human beings, animals and the planet.
This year’s conference started on Wednesday, 17th April at 9:00 am with a keynote
from the Inter-American Development Bank representative Gustavo Arnavant
followed by a speech from Haiti’s Consul General in Miami, Francois Guillaume II.
Throughout the day different speakers were discussing topics ranging from ‘Haiti’s
Youth and Haiti’s Future’ to ‘Update on Housing & Property Rights’ and ‘Community
The second day started with different speeches about ‘Technology as a Game
Changer’, ‘Achieving Sustainable, Private Sector-Led Growth’ and ‘New Energy
Models’ After a lunch break on Lincoln Road the participants reflected on Haiti’s
future under headlines such as ‘Exploring New Models of Sustainable
Development’, ‘The Role of Faith in Development’ and ‘The Future Impact of
Investing’. The day ended at 8:00 pm with a reception.
The third and last day of this year’s conference started as 9:30 am with speeches
about ‘Meet the Next Generation Leaders for Haiti Redevelopment’, ‘Empowering
Through Investment’ and ‘Small Scale Business Models & Agriculture’. With
another lunch on Lincoln Road and a session about networking and processing
after this event, the 4th Haiti Conference ended.
The participants were mainly staying at local Hotels such as the Carlton South
Beach Hotel and the Cliffton South Beach Hotel which are also sponsors of this
year’s conference. Other hotels (all within a mile of the Miami Beach Convention
Center) are the Albion South Beach, Lords South Beach At Nash and the Clay
Lunch was always taking place on Lincoln Road throughout this year’s conference.
This famous road created in the 1930’s to 1950’s is a pedestrian mall, known as a
thriving shopping and dining area today. The participants also got a chance to visit
the Miami Beach Botanical Garden as a reception was held there on the first day of
Each year, many different speakers from around the world take part in the
conference. This year speakers from political bodies such as Isabelle Cascarano
from the US Embassy, Alain Hall from the Chamber of Commerce, Larry Kaplan
from the Cite Soleil Opportunity Council or Mark D’Sa from the State Department
are taking part. Moreover, participants from a wide variety of backgrounds are
speaking, these include representatives from financial and economic organizations
as for example Leo Williams (Jamaica Stock Exchange and Agriculture
Commodities Exchange) or Caroline Guillaume and Bill Barhydt (Boom Financial)
or Kaveh H. Azimi (Encite Capital). Other speakers are representing different
charities and organizations supporting the Haitian economy and people such as Dr.
Majorie Brennan from JDT Foundation, Tiffany Kuehner from Hope for Haiti, Al
Sem from RebuildHaitiBetter or Buddy Teaster from Soles4Soles.
Difficult start from scratch - Haiti
needs your help
Haiti in 2013 – the country is still
hard hit based on the catastrophic
earthquake in 2010 as well as the
cholera and further severe diseases
that followed. Haiti has a young
population that finds itself in misery,
partly in long-term homelessness -
and thus hopelessness. Moreover,
Haitians suffer from a lack of
potable water supplies and its
agricultural sector is threatened by
deforestation and the damage
caused by the 2010 earthquake and
flooding. The population is thus
struggling to re-establish a common
living standard that should
guarantee to satisfy the Haitians’
basic needs. Help for Haiti:
The country, situated on the
Western part of the island that it
shares with the Dominican Republic
in the Caribbean Sea, is located in a
tropical zone. Hurricanes and other
natural catastrophes should not be
viewed as unusual events in such a
The ten million Haitians now need
external support in order to re-
establish confidence hope for their
future. Progress has been made till
now…but to an insufficient extent.
One cannot hold back easily and
watch them trying to cope with their
own situation – without having the
means for it.
Haiti has to start from scratch, Haiti
needs to progress: Haiti needs your
help. A donation would already help
Haiti in its revival as every Cent
counts now. Help us to help them.