Here is an interesting picture where Haitian currency is being transported via Bourette.
Haiti has long been known to be the poorest of countries in the Western Hemisphere. Still, its GDP growth in 2012 was reported at 1.3% making its annual GDP approximately $13 billion. One of Haiti's problems is that it has a higher inflation rate than other low-income countries in a similar circumstance. It also has to battle a lack of investment opportunities and repeated disasters that cripple the economy. In 2012, the country listed revenues of $1.35 billion, with expenses of $1.446 billion.
A new air medical service has been introduced for the nation of Haiti.
Haiti Air Ambulance (HAA), a not-for-profit foundation is introducing Haiti's first permanent helicopter EMS program. this is in association with the University of Miami's Project Medishare, Hospital Bernard Mevs, and a network of other local hospitals.
The goal is to provide life-saving emergency services to all Haitians regardless of income. Services are expected to begin in early 2014. they will be flying fully equipped Bell 407's on life-saving missions throughout the country of Haiti.
It is expected to compensate for Haiti poor roads condition where people will have helicopters that will fly them into Port-au-Prince where there is proper care.
Anthony Simon as a President of the country in 1909 realized the role of modernity, technology and industrialization in a country's development. He understood how a good railway network can hasten the economic growth in Haiti. During his time, velocipede (early bicycles having pedals attached to the front wheel) became popular, people attended movie shows, gramophone, telephone, sewing machine, and camera became common objects in wealthy families..... In short, the country silently entered the age of modernity.
It was his opinion that export revenue from "fig banana" would be enough to finance his dream railway project between Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. The government of Anthony Simon raised a loan of 65 million francs in France on abusive terms to finance his railway project. His critics complained of serious diplomatic and financial difficulties and warned of the threat that the Americans may invade Haiti in pretext of earlier McDonald's contract (that contained massive dispossession of land). In reality, most of President Simon's plans were some forms of utopia that never materialized in his lifetime in the beginning of the last century. His plans created more evils than good. To satisfy American planters, Haitian banana growers were taxed, electrification and paving of the streets increased the import bill through increased number of imported cars.
President Antoine Simon played dangerous gamble with Haitian economy and placed it in either win or ruin in debt for generations situation. The loan costs heavy obligations to the poor Haitians who paid with their pocket until the last penny. In 1972 Luckner Cambronne, a high-ranking political figure in François Duvalier's regime said the country did not need any railway and he systematically dismantled the railway track between Port-au-Prince and St. Marc. Here is how the incredible adventure of railway that cost so much tears and blood of the unfortunate Haitians ends.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the presence of several members presented the first Haitian bus made by a young Haitian, Jean-Paul Coutard. The bus was baptized as "The Haitian pride". It took Coutard five years to study and two years to build this bus with doubled chassis 300-hp diesel engine, four exits, rear view camera, custom lamps, sound system, television, 54 reclining comfortable seats and sanitary facilities. The minister affirmed Government Martelly-Lamothe's support to Coutard's future projects. A land will be allotted to Coutard in cooperation with the Haitian government; furthermore, the government will assist him for necessary foreign training.
United States citizens wishing to travel to the Caribbean country of Haiti have been warned by the U.S. State Department to travel with more than just their sunscreen. In a recent release from the State Department, the high rate of crimes in Haiti, especially those against Americans, juxtaposed with the lack of reliable medical services such as ambulances and the limited scope of the protection offered by security forces, make the need for personable measures safeguarding individual safety necessary.
MINUSTAH has provided Acul du Nord with two prefabricated buildings to be used as court houses, Camp Louise and Peace Grison-Garde. The United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti donated $140,000 USD for the project. Both courts are equipped with two courtrooms and offices for the judge and deputy. They also have a records office and archives, and space for a Civil Status Office. They have been outfitted with two typewriters, six computers and dozen chairs.
Some of the dangers you meet with while riding on a moto-taxi include everything from burning the skin on your leg, exposed or even covered, on a tail pipe, falling off if you don't have something (or someone) to hold on to and the overly cocky driving styles of some of the drivers. While one certainly feels smart when not trapped by a long line of traffic, the meanderings of the drivers, who bob and weave through traffic, can be terrifying, especially with the lack of proper safety gear for passengers.
In the aftermath of the recent plane crash, the public is nervous about flying. Here are the facts.
Statistics indicate plane crashes are rare, one out of 1.2 million actually crash.
In the U.S. between 1985-2000, survival statistics tell us 95% of passengers weathered a plane crash successfully.
According to Popular Mechanics, 40% of plane passengers have higher odds of surviving if they sit towards the rear of the plane.
Here is a sign of a real plan for development in Haiti. The Haitian government has a plan to improve traffic condition in Port-au-Prince.
They will to build motorways over Carrefour and Delmas to alleviate traffic in these areas. Funding for the project is available and work expected to start soon.