MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing creates employment opportunities for the fast-growing population and leads to self-
sufficiency. This means that the country reduces its reliance on imported goods, and can lead to
stabilization of the economy, which stimulates the development of transport (roads, railways, and ports)
and communication networks through the development of other economic activities such as tourism,
trade, and agriculture. It increases local production and promotes the improvement of social services
such as education, health services, electricity and water supply.
 
In the case of Haiti, since Haiti imports most of its products, manufacturing is almost nonexistent. More
than two decades ago, Haiti was a country of assembly of goods, specializing in
the production of garments, electronics, baseballs, games, sporting goods, toys, footwear, and leather
products, lead by a small group of people (called the "bourgeois"). It’s impossible for Haiti to
have economic growth because of the lack of vision, sustainable projects, government support and
investment.
 
For more than six decades, the leading industries in Haiti have produced beverages, butter, detergent,
edible oils, flour, refined sugar, soap, and textiles. Growth in industry as a whole has been slowed by a
lack of capital investment, in addition to political violence, natural disasters, and demographic problems
from 1986 to 2017, which severely affected the assembly sector. Many companies relocated to the
Dominican Republic or elsewhere.
 
Also, the demographic problem caused more than 85% of the masses to be concentrated in cities,
especially in Port-Au-Prince, due to lack of employment, education, and health and sanitation issues in
the country. These people found themselves lost with no one to think of them. After a couple years of
research, AO understood the reasons why Haiti is still underequipped. Ayisien Otantik would like to
share the answer and the solution. It will start from ground zero by working in partnership with the
government and civil society (including experts in economics, finance, civil engineers,
geologists, lawyers, medical professionals, agronomists, planners, architects, etc.) to initiate the
following projects:
 

Decentralization
 Ayisien Otantik believes in the decentralization from Port-Au-Prince to other cities and from cities to the
countryside. An example is: from Jeremie to Latiboliere, and from Jean Rabel to Casse-Pied, by
bringing structures comprising employment, health, sanitation, education, security,
transport, housing, and communication; including the construction of roads of two to four lanes,
railways and ports, then factories so people can start working, and initiating their own enterprises such
as restaurants, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, etc.
 

Manufacturing is the most important trigger of economic growth
 The growth of manufacturing machinery output, and technological improvements in that machinery, are
the main drivers of economic growth. No machinery industries, no sustained, long-term economic
growth.  AO would like to target foreign companies to invest in Haiti that can engage in manufacturing
and trade based on the fabrication, processing, or preparation of products from raw materials and
commodities. This includes all foods, chemicals, textiles, machines, and equipment.


Manufacturing is the foundation of global Power
 According to research, the most powerful nations in the world are those that control the global
production of manufacturing technology. It isn’t enough to have factories and produce more goods, you
have to know how to make the machinery that makes the goods. The key to power, then, is to make the
“means of production.”

Ayisien Otantik believes, if a country can make machinery, “Haiti can also do it,” but it will take
time. AO would like to partner with a cell of scientists to only work on this project: “how to make the
machinery that makes the goods.” In up to fifteen years, Haiti will be able to come up with the
machinery that makes the goods.