Haiti Sport Business Forum a Think Tank for Economic Growth

The government of Haiti (GOH) is always looking for new ways to grow its economy. Of the sectors of tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing, most of its time and money has been spent on attracting tourist dollars. Now the question posed by the GOH is, can a newly-created sports sector revive the Haitian economy?


In response, GOH ministries and other government departments are holding the 1st Sport Business Forum at the Petion-Ville Royal Oasis Hotel. The forum will convene sports executives and former and current players in professional sports: National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Retired Players (NBRPA), and Harlem Globetrotters.

Besides participating in the forum, the NBRPA are touring as Legends of Basketball. They will visit hospitals and healthcare clinics in the poverty-stricken Central Plateau Region. They are partnering with Medishare, which is committed to offering a full complement of healthcare services in the area.

On the opening day of the forum, President of the Council of Economic and Social Development, Jerry Tardieu, spoke of Haiti as the ideal candidate for sports' commercial development. As a new sector, the potential for capacity building, promotion, and athletic talent development is unlimited. The business model using private investment partners to develop sponsorships will lead to long-term viability.

Prime Minister Lamothe remarked sport was an important priority of the GOH. He hoped all participants at the forum would understand how a sports sector in Haiti could help grow the economy and stimulate the country's social development.

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