Haiti : Corporation swooping in to profit from Haiti's misery

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Private Firms Line Up as Haiti Opens for Business
    by Agence France Presse

    MIAMI - Haiti's road to recovery took a new twist Wednesday as a trade group representing private security contractors wrapped up a conference on reconstruction in the earthquake-battered nation.

    Haitians demonstrate against hunger in their camp in Port-au-Prince. Haiti's road to recovery took a new twist Wednesday as a trade group representing private security contractors wrapped up a conference on reconstruction in the earthquake-battered nation. (Photo:Thony Belizaire/AFP)"You don't want to look like you're profiteering off situations like these," Derrell Griffith, project director at Sabre International, said. "But there is a need and the people need it quick."

    The conference was organized by the Association of the Stability Operations Industry, also known as IPOA, representing some 60 companies working in logistics and security, many of them active in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/03/11-2
     
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    From reading the linked article this does not sound like a bad thing! They are providing construction, Agriculture, material. But the title of the thread makes you think that its all profiteering. Haiti does need the type of help that is discussed, and they are being included in the decision making. This won't work unless the Haitian people are involved.
     
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    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I understand the conservative view point and folks have said the same thing about Halliburton in Iraq
     
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    The link was nothing like Halliburton in Iraq, maybe you need to read the whole link, plus look at other happenings there. Lots of great work being done now even though it's not filling the news any more.

    This has nothing to do with a conservative view point, There is still lots(years) of work to be done there. And the Haitians cannot handle it all themselves. They must be included if it is to work. This agrees with everyone elses statements.

    From your previous link

    "Haiti is very open for business," she said, flicking through a Power Point presentation with a banner along the bottom that read, "Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs." Another slide featured a picture of cruise ships approaching palm-fringed Haitian beaches. "By the way this is not a bad thing as the Cruise lines have their own docking areas and pay fees for the privilage, plus provide lots of jobs in that area, so don't even say that this should be stopped.'

    One strategy for creating jobs is to bolster Haiti's agricultural sector, Barjon said, which would also make the country less reliant on food imports. Haiti used to produce almost all its own food, and now imports most of it.

    The two-day conference was meant to match aid groups with companies they might call on. It comes two weeks before a large Haiti summit of international donors at the United Nations headquarters in New York

    "There's a lot of people offering to do reconstruction in Haiti," Phelps said. "But it won't be the best outcome if those offered solutions override local decision-making."
     
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