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Haiti's President-elect, Jovenel Moise, said yesterday during an interview, that he thinks his business background will be an asset for dealing with the new American President, Donald Trump, also a known businessman.


Moise, who won the November 20th presidential election and is due to take office February 7, 2017, is a successful banana exporting businessman; he ran on a platform of job creation and plans to open Haiti to foreign investment, create new business opportunities and, "use the land, the sun, water and the people" [a quote which became a hallmark of his campaign] to feed the country.

"I believe today that President Trump will have a better understanding of the relations between the two countries, which will be based on a results-oriented cooperation in the interest of both countries," Jovenel Moise told Reuters in an interview Sunday.

"President Trump and I are entrepreneurs, and all an entrepreneur wants is results, and therefore I hope we'll put everything in place to make sure we deliver for our peoples," he added, noting that he hoped he would get along well with Trump.


A good bilateral relationship with the United States is very important for Haiti, which is still picking up the pieces from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last October, and still has not fully recovered from a catastrophic earthquake in January 2010.

As the new american President Donald Trump, has already started to tear up old American trade agreements, such as the North Atlantic Foreign Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership(TPP), as well as the threat to impose a border tax on products manufactured by american companies abroad, Haiti's future President hopes that the american legislations known by the acronyms HOPE and HELP, giving preferential tax treatments to certain products manufactured in Haiti, such as garments, will not be abolished by the new President.

Haiti's apparel industry accounts for over half of the country's annual earnings and employs tens of thousands of people. The President-elect in fact would like to continue to corporate with the new american administration, to create more jobs in the textile industry.

Haiti receives quite some attention during the american presidential campaign, as it was brought up numerous times by then candidate Trump, as an example of failed foreign policies of his rival Hillary Clinton, whom along her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had been involved in the Caribbean country for decades. Now as President, Haiti has not yet receive the same attention from Donald Trump, as not even an ambassador has yet been named, perhaps he's waiting for the Haitian President-elect Jovenel Moise, to officially come into office before doing so.

While Jovenel Moise is hoping to have a good relationship with Donald Trump, he will come into office amid historically tense frictions between Haiti and the United States, after earlier this month, Guy Philippe, a Senator-elect from his own party, was arrested and extradited to the U.S on drug and money laundering charges. The arrest has caused many uprisings in Haiti and the Haitian Parliament vows to amend the extradition treaty with the US.

Donald Trump's plan to deport most illegal immigrants in the United States is also of concern to the Haitian community in the U.S. where some 500.000 undocumented Haitians reside. The tightening of the border with Mexico will also affect thousands of Haitians seeking asylum in the United States who are currently stuck at the Mexican border.