Can Haiti become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean?

Is manufacturing clothes, making mango juice, and other sweat-til-you-die factory jobs, the only types of jobs that are being considered in the "Bring Jobs To Haiti programs?" What about technology jobs, are we considering High-Tech jobs as a possibly?


At A Cyber Cafe In Haiti

Are we only considering the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince... OR... the Republic of Haiti?

Haitians can Tweet, we are on Twitter, we are on Facebook, we can upload a videos on Youtube, why not run a virtual business from Haiti?

Nowadays, with a laptop computer, a cell phone, electricity, and Internet access, anyone can make money and run a virtual business from anywhere in the world... Why not Haiti?

Can Haiti become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean?

Nowadays when you call the customer service department of your favorite company, the phone calls are re-routed to India and other parts of the world. Could Haiti tap in to that market?

Are we going to dream about running our business under a coconut tree in Haiti or are we going to pretend that Haiti is not a part of Caribbean paradise?

I considered moving to the Dominican Republic many times for 3 reasons:

  1. It looks like Haiti
  2. It has Electrity
  3. It has broadband internet access

But DR is not Haiti... Haiti is Haiti...

Yes... It is possible... and it would be a dream come true for me!

The only things required for any company to run a virtual service business in Haiti are:

  1. Electricy
  2. High speed Internet access
  3. We could include security but I believe with more jobs will come more stability in Haiti

After what happened in Port-au-Prince in January, let's be realistic, I will not live Port-au-Prince, or Cap-Haitien, unless I know that every building is built to code... and Earthquake resistant...

I really don't want to live in fear asking myself when is the next big one coming!

I want to live in Hinche Haiti except... I cannot... Hinche lacks the necessary infrastructure to allow me to work efficiently.

I have a business that can be run from anywhere in the world, Haiti included, but there are some basic infrastructure I that are required for me to run my business in my hometown of Hinche Haiti.

  • Hinche has no electricity, and I need electricity to work.
  • The streets of Hinche are not paved. You may not think this is a problem but try having electronic equipments in a very dusty environment and you will understand why pavement is important.
  • Internet access is a luxury even in Port-au-Prince... ale we pou Hinche... and the few years that I was paying $100 USD per month for internet access in Port-au-Prince was like having a constant migraine. I literally had to tie my modem upside down in my bathroom just to get a strong enough signal to get some work done.

Why Hinche Haiti?

The reason is more than just "this is where I am from" - Hinche and the Plateau Central is the safest place in Haiti geologically, yet and still, Haiti's Plateau Central is the most abandoned state in the Union.

In my father's 75 years of existence there was only one report of flooding and that was near the riverbed and not the entire city.

I dream of the day when I can wake up in Hinche Haiti, turn on my computer, log on to the internet, write an article, and send to you without smelling like diesel fuel from a generator and cursing up a storm because the Internet does not work.

Is the Haitian government thinking about me and others like me during the RECONSTRUTION phase of Post-Quake Haiti?

I hope so...

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Kerby says...

I THINK YOU DREAMING BIG BRO.WITH THESE KIND OF LEADERS IS GOING TO BE HARD FOR ANY BUSINESS TO THRIVE IN HAITI.

FIRST WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR THOUGHT PROCESS FIRST, LIVE DIFFERENT PATH ACCEPT THE FACT THAT WE FAIL, THAT VOODOOISM IS EVIL NOT A CULTURE.AND ACCEPT GOD AS SAVIOR THAN BY HIS GRACE WE GET TO SEE BETTER DAYS.MAY OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST HAVE MERCY ON

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Mary Hanna says...

Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this post so thoroughly.

I look forward to future posts.

There are various sea vessels involved in shipping to caribbean.

It may include box boats or container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, ferries, cable layers, dredgers and

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T Lagwe says...

It is well

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Bernadette S. says...

Nobody cares when you answer the phone what color you are. The internet is a great equalizer.

If you know your product, You can sell it, and you have a good sense of your company and where it is going, its objective.

If you know who the competitions are. You are in business.

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Kiki says...

Sure! In my dream.

Do you really think that anyone cares for the well-being of this black nation?

If Haiti succeeds, that will send wrong signals to some colonies and other black nations on the

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Bernadette S. says...

Yes, I believe that we can. We may be a "Specialized" one, meaning that we could pick-up business for the anglophone from francophone countries.

The world is getting smaller, francophones are needed in translation and order taking.

Even simple order taking in French are needed too. Can Haiti find jobs on the electronic super highway?

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Josy says...

You are a man with a vision, and you are ahead of your time. You forgot a couple of very important points, and I just want to bring them up. The majority of Haitians are iliterate, and we do not speak English.

I believe there is hope for the next generation, and three languages should be taught in school early.

The children need to be in school at the age of two, and half a day it ok so it can accommodate a large number of children.

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Martine Civil says...

can haiti become the silicon valley of the caribean?

yes in a sence ! what I am saying we all are giving opinions that perhapes not reaching to the right place what don't all of us that reply to this article sign a petition of honor by telling these politicians what we think is best for haiti right now instead of chating online let's be serious on having a web site where all haitians can sign and express their concern about this tragedy what they call the seism of the millenium letters should sign to congress, both of our former president Georges w.bush and bill clinton in even our recent president Obama by letting them know what is our first choice in reconstructed haiti.

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Jean Claude says...

i totally agree with you my brother.

T o tell you the truth, i want to go to Haiti and open a computer school an repair but my fear is similar to yours 'ELEKTICITE' if we do not have electricity 24/24 Haiti will not move toward globalization and technology which is Haiti BIGGEST challenge.

I am waiting to see that. May God bless

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Atchy says...

living a country without water, electricity, good traffic road, communications means to all of us as living in a grave yard. I read over and over all the articles that proclaimed every where in internet, news paper, radio and televison since january 12 i never hear a plan for Haiti i mean a stable plan says like we are going to start rebuild Haiti tomorrow and it will take us 2 or 3 years to finish our project for Haiti.

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