Business Delegation Visits Haiti in 2010 to Assess Opportunities to Help

A delegation, convened and hosted by the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), CHF International, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), and Executives Without Borders, met in June 2010 with leaders from the Haitian government and leading NGOs during a trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  Delegation officials from American companies worked to gain a better understanding of the Haitian leadership’s redevelopment priorities and sought to engage in long-term recovery activities such as in-country relationship building and international volunteerism.

"Being on-the-ground in Haiti allowed U.S. business leaders a firsthand look at the needs of the Haitian people and the opportunities available to help in the country’s reconstruction," said U.S. Chamber BCLC Global Corporate Citizenship Manager Taryn Bird.  "Yet the challenges posed to American businesses operating in Haiti remain immense.  Our delegation benefited from briefings by Haitian business, government, and community leaders while touring businesses, shelters, and retail training facilities."

The Haitian government has identified five key areas for redevelopment and foreign investment: agriculture, artisans and crafts, construction, the garment industry, and tourism.  The trip allowed for the analysis and activation of corporate resources to better align with the local needs and priorities.

Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Dow Chemical Company, FedEx, the Harvard Business School, Pfizer, and Timberland all sent officials to Haiti as part of the delegation.

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