U.S. Backs New Industrial Park in Haiti
Lauren RubensteinOctober 22, 20121min
Dupuy cautions that outside investors stand to gain more than Haitians from the $300M project
The Associated Press turned to Alex Dupuy, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and a native of Haiti, for his take on a new $300 million industrial park being built in Haiti, the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the devastating 2010 earthquake there. Though supporters say the park has the potential to generate up to 65,000 new jobs, Dupuy warns that outside investors stand to gain more than Haitians from the project due to the tax breaks available.“This is not a strategy that is meant to provide Haiti with any measure of sustainable development … The only reason those industries come to Haiti is because the country has the lowest wages in the region,” Dupuy said.