Millions in Private Investment to make Haiti Tourist Magnet
But those opposed to spendthrift GOH warn other essential components of rebuilding Haiti are being ignored: road projects, clean water access, and a dependable source of electricity. However, the GOH is forging ahead with Venezuelan-backed projects in Ile à Vache and Jacmel, totaling $21.2 million. The GOH is betting on these two projects to jump-start tourism to the island.
Despite an influx of cash to build tourist infrastructure, other problems may discourage more tourism: the crime rate is very high, medical assistance is almost non-existent, and Haiti has been characterized by the U.S. State Department as a central drug-trafficking corridor in the Caribbean. A cosmetic face-lift is not enough to rebuild Haiti. Its essential services, job creation, and government efficiency must come first in a country that wants to be considered a true democracy.
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