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Overview of Haiti

 Capital City:  

Port-Au-Prince

 Official Language: 

 

French

Haitian Creole

 Currency:

Haitian Gourde

 Population:

9,719,932

The Country

Haïti, officially the Republic of Haiti, is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The total area of Haiti is 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 sq mi) and its capital is Port-au-Prince. Haitian Creole and French are the official languages.

Market Overview

2012 Macroeconomic Indicators (in $ millions)

Exports:

785

Imports:

2,640

 

Services:

-897

Income:

68

Capital and Financial Accounts:

559

Private Transfers:

1,380

External Grants:

988

  • There are few government controls or subsidies.
  • U.S. imports represent more than 40 percent of total imports.
  • Haiti imports more than 70 percent of market goods.
  • Three major International Ship and Port Facility Security-certified ports include Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitian, and St. Marc. Renovations to the ports are underway.
  • Haiti is renovating its main international airports in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitian. Other airports throughout the country are also being renovated.
  • Haiti’s 2012 per capita GDP is USD 790 (up from 740 in 2011).

Market Opportunities

Good market opportunities are available in the following sectors:

  • Telecommunication Sector Market Study (2007)
  • Pharmaceutical Products Market Study (2007)
  • Haiti Textile Industry Market Research (2009)
  • Roads and Building Construction (2008)
  • Haiti Tourism Sector (2008)

Best Prospects - Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment

  • Apparel and Textile
  • Machinery and Transport – Automotive Sector and Parts
  • Telecommunications Services and Equipment
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Tourism

For more details click on Country Commercial Guide document at the right column and go to Chapter 4