Haitian American Business Summit (HABS)
The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) and the Office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime will host the Haitian American Business Summit (HABS) on June 15-17, 2017 in Miami, FL. This summit will provide an opportunity to evaluate and assess the current level of diaspora involvement in Haiti and explore new methods of interaction. HABS-Miami 2017 will serve as a platform for Haitian American organizations throughout the United States, professional associations along with public & private sectors of Haiti to exchange ideas and establish a working plan toward greater cooperation. HABS- Miami 2017 will provide the arena for the Haitian American community to connect, engage and explore opportunities to invest in Haiti.
HABS- Miami 2017 will focus on 3 areas with aims to: CONNECT, ENGAGE and INVEST. Through the CONNECT panel sessions, discussions will focus on the current state of the millennial generation's interaction and diaspora tourism. Haitian Americans are the largest group of visitors traveling to Haiti whose tourism potential has yet to be capitalized on. The ultimate goal is to craft a strategic marketing effort calling for Haitian Americans to "Come Back to Haiti" or as it's said in creole, "An Nou Tounen Lakay." Targeted speakers for these panel discussions will represent AMCHAM, ECHO, Association Touristique d' Haiti (ATH) and the Minister of Tourism.
The ENGAGE panel sessions will explore opportunities for Haitian American professionals to engage in Haiti's public & private sectors through professional exchange programs and to engage in a dialogue between municipal elected officials and the diaspora. This session will explore the ways in which Diaspora engagement can be more strategic in order to address specific needs and priorities of the Haiti private or public sector.
In the INVEST session topics will include "How to Invest in Haiti," "Business Opportunities" and the "Diaspora Investment Club." Speakers will be from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Centre de Facilitation & d' Investissement (CFI), Association des Industries d' Haiti (ADIH), the Chambers of Commerce and the Central Bank of Haiti. The two day summit will conclude with a general session focusing on opportunities for the diaspora to INVEST in the economic development of Haiti.
HABS-Miami 2017 is a unique opportunity for local, national and international companies to showcase products and services through our designated promotional spaces. Moreover, HABS-Miami 2017 will feature keynote speakers such as United States Elected Officials.
To conclude, on Saturday, June 17th during the closing ceremony, HACCOF will honor the second annual Top 20 under 40 Haitian American Young Professionals (YOPRO). Please join us on June 15th to 17th, 2017, where your presence and interaction will surely enhance our CONNECT - ENGAGE - INVEST objectives.
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