- Charge d’Affaires ad interim
- Embassy of the Republic of Haiti
Date of birth: Feb. 24, 1966
Hometown: Saint Louis du Nord, Haiti
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (as of December 2017)
The people in Japan impressed me. As soon as I arrived, I took the train from Narita International Airport to Tokyo. I brought three suitcases. My travel documents and money were inside one. By the time I put two of the three into the train, it left. I was panicking. Someone helped me to get my belongings back after contacting the train’s operator. That was amazing.
I use the Haitian national motto of “Unity Makes Strength” as my own. In others words, together we achieve better results. I believe in working together to achieve goals. It is true for an organization and a country, especially when we have a common interest.
One of the duties of a diplomat is to look for opportunities for his country. Recently, I signed a contract with the Hazama Ando Corporation to build some infrastructure in Haiti that had been financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Other achievements in life are contributing to the financing of the education of many young people in my country.
On a bilateral plan, my goals in Japan are to work on maintaining and strengthening the good relations between Haiti and Japan, where pleasant relations already exist between both countries. Other goals are to be useful to the Haitian community living in Japan by offering them quality services.
My advice would be to invite the Japanese businesspeople to invest in Haiti. Haiti has just promulgated a set of laws to improve the climate of business, to facilitate trade and to comply with international standards.
Haiti offers incentives on investment to attract investors in different sectors, including the possibility of total income tax exemption for a period of 15 consecutive years, the possibility of obtaining a customs and tax exemption on imports of goods of equipment and materials necessary for the establishment and operation of the undertaking, as well as the possibility of exemption from payroll taxes.
Finally, the government reiterates its willingness to work relentlessly to attract foreign direct investment in Haiti and invites Japanese businesspeople to carry out a prospecting visit to Haiti. The Investment Facilitation Centre is there to welcome potential investors and facilitate their approaches.