The almost squalid conditions of the market in which merchants at the Village Solidarité marketplace could not be blamed solely or even mostly on the destruction caused by the earthquake in 2010, for the conditions had been an ongoing part of the lives of the sellers there for quite some time. The approximately 200 merchants at the market in the Simmonds-Pelé community spent the last 15 or so years plying their merchandise amongst garbage, dirt and mud, hoping for a change. The change finally came through help from the government, and funding and support from other bodies.
Tensions have escalated between the Dominican Republic and Haiti since the DR Constitutional Court issued a ruling, rescinding Haitian immigrants and their descendents from remaining in the country. The results of this ruling are affecting Haitian entrepreneurs.
Haiti has a large, informal small business sector. Merchants sell items purchased on the black market, sent from the U.S. by relatives, or donated by charities. Biweekly, Haitian merchants cross from Ouanaminthe over to Dajabón province in the DR to vend merchandise at the cross-border market.
Reports picked up by local media say tensions between Ouanaminthe and Dajabón merchants have led to a few skirmishes at the cross-border market. DR Border Security and the military have also detained Haitians, whose profiles have revealed questionable activities. But at the last Monday and Friday market days, it was reported no problems occurred with the border crossing over the Massacre River. These incident-free events have been ascribed to a strong military presence.
One of the most successful companies that has been operating in the Haitian market has not been feeling very good lately. For the past three Months ending in September, 2013 revenues for Digicel fell by over $7million to $691million. This is definitely. The number is much worst in Haiti for Digicel. "Tande"...
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The performance of Digicel in Haiti performance dipped sharply. The leading cellphone company who at one time was the only player in the Haitian market watched its sales fell by 11 percent to $126 million.
They came with the promise of publicity to bring awareness to the plight of Haiti's food crisis. The idea was that they could raise awareness of the current conditions by touring facilities like the farmers market, snapping pictures of desperate adults and children and talking with the press in Haiti and abroad about the experience. However, one Haitian mayor wanted none of it, and wasn't afraid to protect what she viewed as the integrity of her town from the intrusive good-doing of two celebrity chefs.
John Besh, a finalist on the Food Network show, The Next Iron Chef, and Aaron Sanchez, who appeared on the shows, Heat Seekers and Chopped on the same network, flew in to Haiti on Sunday, July 28th and promptly toured one of the numerous settlements established by the homeless in the wake of the earthquake three years ago.
The Dominican Republic officials received a proposal from the Haitian officials that the markets which appear on the Haiti-Dominican border twice every week be cut down to once a week. This information was revealed by Luis Rodriguez on Tuesday July 2, 2013. Luis Rodriguez is the Agriculture Minister of Dominican Republic. The Haiti-Dominican border markets show up on Monday and Friday every week.
The Dominican government on the other had responded by stating that it does not want to trim down the trade relations between the two countries and hence, it will remain the way it is. Luis Rodriguez stated from National Palace that the Haitian government wants to cut the trades to once a week probably because they want to reduce non-payment of taxes.
Petion-Ville has been having a problem with its street vendors on market days. Since the streets of the town are not set up for containment of wares, sellers lay down or set up their merchandise haphazardly on the streets. So many merchants fill up these impromptu market spaces with their wares there is no through-way for consumers to travel on. These pop-up markets take up as much room as a good-sized flea market in the U.S.
The difference between marketplaces in the U.S. and Haiti is organization of the physical space. In the States, vendors rent, or buy portable stalls that are then set up in an orderly pattern, allowing plenty of open space for foot traffic to move through. But in Haiti, in towns like Petion-Ville, no such rental equipment exists, or designated spots for merchandise display. Moreover, the marketplace has no manager to oversee operation of the vending space.
GB Group has become the first multinational company in Haiti to have over 360 service stations. This happened when the Haiti-based company's Energy division acquired Chevron's fuels marketing and aviation businesses. The acquisition involves the businesses in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica's St. Maarten.
Under the acquisition deal, the GB Group now has control over some 220 retail service stations that Texaco Brand operates. The deal also involves airport refueling operations and fuel terminals.
GB Group chairman Gilbert Bigio welcomed the deal, calling it an "important milestone." He added that the acquisition is a huge part of the company's plans to develop the local market, as well as grow globally. The transaction really goes well with GB Group's goals and vision, Bigio said. The chairman also shared that the acquisition is a golden opportunity that everyone in the company has been awaiting. It is known that since its establishment in Haiti in 1896, GB Group has been taking measures and initiatives to expand not only in Haiti but also in the international market. And the company's takeover of Chevron's divisions is a testament that GB Group's efforts are not going down the drain.
Several families brought to the point of desperation due to a fire at the Market of Croix-des-Bouquets. In the night of November 15, 2011, a fire started in the marketplace and quickly spread, causing several damages to the products of the businesses located inside of the Marche. According to early report, close to two hundred people were affected.
The Deputy of Croix des Bouquets was closely involved in the operation to fight the fire. He helped mobilized aids from a variety of institutions to come and help the population of Croix-des-Bouquets.
Located in the Ouest Department of Haiti, the city of Croix-des-Bouquets has developed a reputation as many people grow organic foods. It is also famous for its art, specially metal art.
The Haitian Iron market or Marche en Fer is back in business and we only have one man to thank for that. Irish Billionaire Denis O'Brien is not satisfied with only taking from the Haitian society with his successful Mobil Phone company in Haiti Digicel. He also believes in putting back some of that money to serve the people.
It is reported that billionaire Denis O'Brien donated $12 million of his own money to make the dream of rebuilding the Haitian iron market, marche en Fer, a reality. Many improvements have been made into the renovated Marche Hyppolite. it is equipped with solar panels and resistant to earthquake and hurricane
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