Mr. Karl Jean-Louis, head of Investment Facilitation Center (CFI)

As the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been scrambling to recover from 2010's earthquake. Many sectors need investment, among them agriculture, energy, housing, and tourism. The need for investment dollars is great and the Investment Facilitation Center (CFI) a vital component to repairing the infrastructure and improving the economy.


CFI's aim is to cultivate relationships with private investors and drive them to developing investment opportunities throughout the island. Working with the local Chambers of Commerce, CFI will collaborate with investors to develop initiatives for local projects with significant growth potential.

CFI Director Karl Jean-Louis has put together a group of investment specialists to provide resources, research, and counseling to potential investors. They will also guide them to projects which align with their investment interests.

CFI has adopted a proactive agenda towards their investment goals. Foremost is use of information technology to update the organization. Second, reaching out to present partnerships with public and private investors to introduce a 90-day action plan that opens more CFI field offices, targets corporate investment houses, and ensures transparency in all CFI's dealings with the business sector.

Recently CFI has been a hive of activity, moving its main office nearer the Cap-Haïtien Chamber of Commerce, re-training its support personnel, and escorting investors to environmental planning meetings, part of the mentoring process.

Its most important efforts will focus on building investment relationships, increasing the rate of investments, and raising Haiti's profile in the "Doing Business Report". The success of these efforts will remove Haiti from the failed countries index.

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