Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New York Times article on Haiti

Published: March 30, 2009
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Paul Collier, a leading poverty guru, spent a recent morning here waxing positive about how the world’s economic freefall might prove the perfect moment for Haiti to sell more exports like T-shirts and mangoes to Americans.

A woman sold goods at a market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Some 40 percent of the mango crop gets too bruised to be sold abroad because of Haiti’s bad roads.
His improbable enthusiasm coincided with appearances by a bevy of luminaries descending on Haiti this month, including Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, and the entire Security Council. All of them came to stress that this destitute nation stands at a crossroads between salvation and “the darkness,” as Mr. Ban put it.
The spotlight was calculated. A landscape of deepening woe is emerging among the world’s most destitute. About 46 million more people are expected to tumble into poverty this year amid the largest decline in global trade in 80 years, according to the World Bank. The results ripple through every index. An additional 200,000 to 400,000 infants, for example, may die every year for the next six years because of the crisis, the bank said.
Amid the turmoil, the United Nations is reminding the world’s wealthy nations, however embattled their finances, not to forget the poorest. A panel commissioned by the United Nations General Assembly suggested on Thursday that one percent of any nation’s stimulus package be set aside for poor countries, while Mr. Ban has vowed that when he joins the leaders of the Group of 20 at their economic summit meeting in London on Thursday, he will voice the concerns of the uninvited.
“There are many countries who cannot even dream of formulating their own fiscal stimulus packages,” Mr. Ban said. Last week, he sent a letter to the Group of 20 members arguing that, domestic problems aside, they should give $1 trillion over the next two years to the world’s most vulnerable nations.
Mr. Ban is trying to turn Haiti into something of an Exhibit A on the need to keep foreign aid flowing despite tighter budgets. Haiti’s upheavals last year proved particularly intense, with the nation staggering beneath the double whammy of food riots that toppled the government and a series of hurricanes that killed hundreds and battered the economy.
Now the United Nations worries that while the groundwork has been laid to get past those threats, the moment will fade because of the global crisis. The organization has spent some $5 billion on peacekeeping operations here since 2004, when the government of the still popular President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was toppled — many say with a shove from the Bush administration.
The peacekeeping force declared war against the gangs that plague Haiti, with some success. Kidnappings dropped to 258 victims last year from 722 in 2006, according to United Nations figures.
With the issue of security improved, Mr. Ban commissioned Mr. Collier — an Oxford University don whose book on fixing failed states, “The Bottom Billion,” turned him into a darling at United Nations headquarters — to whip up some solutions for rejuvenating Haiti.
Haiti needs jobs, a particular challenge in the current economic climate. Haitians often seek work in the United States, but that safety valve has been squeezed given the recession. With some 900,000 youths expected to come into the job market in the next five years, dismal prospects are the main threat to stability.
“There is nothing that is going to turn Haiti around until people have jobs,” said the rap artist and native son Wyclef Jean, who came to the island with Mr. Ban and former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Jean’s charity, Yéle Haiti, underwrites education for thousands of young Haitians.
In a downtown park, Idelson François, 24, said he finished high school four years ago and had failed to find a job or money to continue his education. “When you have no self-esteem, sometimes you can’t resist the desire to do something violent,” he said.
It required five months to seat a new government after the April 2008 food riots, and United Nations officials say development is stymied by a corrupt judicial system, weak land tenure laws and wildly inefficient ports. The roads are such moonscapes that some 40 percent of the mango crop gets too bruised to be sold abroad, said Jean M. Buteau, a leading exporter.
Some diplomats worry that the government does not have the capacity to carry out even Mr. Collier’s limited prescriptions for improving manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture and the environment.
“What is lacking is the determination to put these good ideas into a coherent policy,” said Yukio Takasu, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, on the Security Council tour here. “I don’t think there is a focus.”
Constant upheaval has long scared off investors. To counter that, last year the United States Congress granted Haitian textiles duty-free access to the American market for a decade, giving rise to Mr. Collier’s optimism. The policy has added just 12,000 jobs thus far, but it is viewed as a possible boon in an era of rising protectionism.
Senior United Nations officials and other diplomats worry, however, that the tempo of new factory jobs is too slow, so they think money should be pumped into emergency programs like creating jobs to fix the environmental disaster by planting the denuded hills with forests.
There is also some criticism that Mr. Collier’s basic recommendation involves turning Haiti into a sweatshop for American consumers, with workers paid $5 per day or less. He and others defend the approach, with Mr. Clinton noting after a visit to a Hanes T-shirt factory here that its workers earned some two or three times Haiti’s minimum wage of $1.75 a day.
Haiti is so close to the United States that its problems tend to reverberate as illegal immigration, and the Marines have stormed ashore repeatedly since the first American occupation started in 1915.
Not every problem can be addressed with the military, and ignoring development has proved deadly, said Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations. “Where we have neglected it, it comes back to bite us.” Haiti could receive more than $245 million in American development aid this year.
Haitian officials hope the world gives generously, though there is a certain recognition of donor fatigue, especially in the economic storm.
But young Haitians grumble that their government has yet to paint a vision of the country’s future — complaints echoed by United Nations officials who say it is difficult to get President Réne Préval or his ministers to commit to an action plan.
“Just providing rice and beans is not a long-term solution,” said John Miller Beauvoir, 26, who founded a charity right out of college and wrote a book calling on other young Haitians to get involved in development. “If the captain does not know where you are going, no boat will take you in the right direction.”

Monday, January 5, 2009

5th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations

More than 1000 Young leaders from 42 countries gathered at the United Nations to participate to the 5th Annual Youth Assembly held from August 12 to 14th 2008.

We discussed on the strategies and course of action to be taken in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was a cross-cultural event that allowed young leaders from around the world to share their experiences. Speakers included the US Civil Right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Arun Gandhi, Grandson of peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi and other inspirational young leaders such as Ahmad Ahldawi, a young Jordanian who received like me the YouthActionNet award given by the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

I personnaly challenged Mr. Jesse Jackson to use his network of influence to voice the challenges of Haiti's youth on the global stage.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Haiti: mere du panamericanisme


A travers ce texte, j ai remporte le prix de la meilleure presentation au Programme de Visiteurs FAES 2008. Ce Programme reunissait une cinquantaine de jeunes leaders latino-americains. Bonne lecture!

Republica de Haití: Madre del Panamericanismo

La Republica de Haití es el primer país negro a haber obtuvo su libertad a través de una revolución de esclavos en el siglo 19 (1804). Este pequeño país del caribe ha una superficie de mas de 27 mil kilómetros cuadrados donde viven mas de ocho (8) millones de habitantes. Haití representa un símbolo histórico de libertad y del derecho inalienable de autodeterminación de los pueblos. La Republica de Haití enseño desde su génesis la fraternidad y la solidaridad que deberían estampar las relaciones internacionales y en particular las relaciones dentro los países latinoamericanos y del Caribe. En este sentido, nuestro ancestro Alexandro Petion ayudo a Simon Bolivar proveyendo armas y munición, estrategias, recursos humanos y materiales para la liberación de l America latina. Por eso, Haití representa la madre del panamericanismo.

A pesar de su riqueza histórica y su patrimonio cultural, este país todavía no puede emerger de su círculo vicioso de pobreza y de inestabilidad política que resultan más de 30 golpes de estado en un país que conoce 38 presidentes. Hace 22 anos que la población repudio el sistema dictatorial autocrático de la familia Duvalier y requiero la democracia como forma de gobierno. Pero, dada la ausencia de cultura democrática, educación cívica, la debilidad de las instituciones estatales y la vulnerabilidad de la gente, demagogos se sirven de la demanda de democracia y de participación popular para ofrecer el populismo y la demagogia. El obscurantismo, malo implacable en Haití, constituye con la pobreza el terreno fértil para la emergencia de líderes populistas. Haití experimento 1986 la transición de un régimen dictatorial a un régimen populista que culmino con la elección democrática del Presidente Jean B Aristide en el ano 90. Como describí en mi libro en la parte que trata el tema de populismo: el despotismo de un líder y el despotismo de la multitud, de la masa producen los mismos efectos.

Por ser los partidos políticos fuertes y democráticos constituyen la espina dorsal de todo sistema democrático, el mayor desafió en Haití es de fortalecer las instituciones políticas a fin de representar de manera legitima los intereses de sectores de la población y lograr respuestas a los problemas económicos. Es una tarea muy difícil en un sistema que tiene más de cien partidos políticos. Además, es importante un programa de educación cívica para reducir la apatía de la ciudadanía. Según la clasificación anual de Transparency International en 2008, Haití es el cuarto país más corrupto del mundo.

Dentro de ese enfoque, el National Democratic Institute for International Affairs esta implementando un Programa que apoya a los partidos políticos para fortalecer sus estructuras internas, practicar la democracia interna, la transparencia, la formación ideológica y elaboración de plataformas que puedan remediar a los problemas del país. Además, dada la población es esencialmente juvenil (sesenta por ciento 60% tienen menos de 25 anos), la avenida hacia al futuro pasa por una nueva generación de lideres con nuevas paradigmas para rejuvenecer el contrato social que ha permitido a creer esta maravillosa nación hace mas de 2 cientos anos. Fuera el cliché alimentado por información selectiva y fatalista de la prensa internacional- Haití es el país mas pobre del continente, un estado fallecido, etcétera… Haití es el país de las mejores playas naturales de America, de sitios históricos únicos, el país del mejor carnaval del caribe, es el país de la actual gobernadora general de Canada Micaelle Jean, es el país de Wyclef Jean , el país de Toussaint Louverture, todo ellos que ilustran el genio, la inteligencia, la inspiración y la determinación del pueblo haitiano. Sobre todo, Haití es el símbolo que muestro a todos los pueblos del mundo que la libertad no es el privilegio exclusivo de una raza, una clase o una categoría sino un derecho universal non negociable de todos los seres humanos. Por eso, Haití no es mi país, es nuestro país, es un patrimonio universal que debemos juntos salvaguardar celosamente como un testimonio de la larga marcha de la humanidad hacia la civilización.

Muchas gracias!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Leaders on leadership'06 seminar- The Washington Center

What's our definition of leadership- Award ceremony in Washington DC

Remarks at the National Haitian Student Association, University of Florida, Gainesville

National Haitian Student Conference
Gainesville, University of Florida, March 29, 2008

Topic: Call to action

First of all, let me express my gratitude towards the steering Committee of the University of Florida Haitian Student Association for inviting me to this outstanding event; I am thrilled to be here today. I think this time is special, not just because of the size of the crowd, but also and most importantly the cause that unites us on this special occasion. I assume that you make up a very diverse assembly with young men and women from all walks of life. However, I don’t portray this crowd as a mere collection of individuals but as like-minded agents of change driven by a common purpose: rebuilding Haiti. This mission is difficult due to the complexities of Haiti’s reality, it is long overdue but the good news is: it’s achievable because of you, because of us.

Haiti’s overview

Haiti is the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere. Although its independence since 1804, the first black Republic of the modern world is still struggling to survive and can not alleviate the heavy consequences of misgovernment, political failure and civic inertia that characterize the Nation’s more than 2 centuries of existence. It’s safe to say that History teaches us that the Haitian experience is full of paradoxes and queries that remain oftentimes unanswered. It’s very hard to explain that the country of the founding Fathers Jean Jacques Dessalines, Toussaint Louverture, and Alexandre Petion that defeated the strongest military forces of the 19th century is being “assisted“ today in 2008 by UN forces made of some of the countries we had helped in the past. Everyone agrees that every civilization and every nation faces ups and downs, as the solutions to Haiti’s problems lie in its past, sometimes we have to look backward in order to move forward. The recipe for Haiti’s outstanding accomplishments had been and will always be the unity of the Haitian People.

The corrosive environment of perpetual social crisis undermines the structures of the society and affects tremendously different sectors of the population. Unfortunately, the hardships of the people and the socio-political breakdown of Haiti’s system, far from serving as a compelling factor to foster broader engagement and determination of the vital sectors of the nation such as youths, produce the contrary effects. As a result, many citizens, desperate and disheartened by the catastrophic results of the elites who traditionally ruled the country, become more likely to emigrate and give up all efforts aiming at reaching its renewal. According to a report released by the World Bank in 2005, Haiti ranked third among developing countries when it comes to skilled migration. According to that report, we export over 83% of our skilled citizens. That phenomenon known as “brain drain” is very indicative of the mindset of most of Haiti’s youth who don’t see any exit other than the International Airport of Port au Prince. They display a sense of apathy and resentment and by doing so, the socio-political process, lacking young bloods and minds, is hijacked by old-fashioned leaders with an outdated vision of the future.
That situation generates a vicious circle that keeps rolling the country towards its downfall. While human resources are expatriated, the day-to-day living of the Haitian people is deteriorating. Starvation, illiteracy, moral bankruptcy, chronic diseases are the never-end burden carrying by the population especially the vulnerable sectors such as the youth and the children. It will remain so until a new generation stands up to reclaim the promise and the legacy of our founding fathers. My brother once told me that “problematic environments do give rise to resolute minds”. And that is Haiti’s last chance.

Country Skilled emigration rate (%)
Guyana 89.0
Jamaica 85.1
Haiti 83.6
Suriname 47.9
Ghana 46.9
Mozambique 45.1
Kenya 38.4
Laos 37.4
Uganda 35.6
El Salvador 31.0
Sri Lanka 29.7
Nicaragua 29.6

One can not solve a problem by wishing it away or by hiding from it. Our ancestors knew that when they challenged themselves, took the deadly risk of confronting head-on Napoleon Bonaparte in order to leave that valuable legacy to us and to our children. When they left the battlefield, it was neither by fear nor to surrender; they sometimes pulled back in the mountains to brainstorm on better strategies to take on the oppressors in order to win the next battle.

In 1803, the brigades of the indigenous Army achieved something that seemed improbable. They did it not because they were best equipped but because of the strength of their character and their dedication to their cause. They did it because they chose not to run in front of the reality but to address it and ultimately change it for the better. In 2008, Haiti still faces major challenges: a poor standing in the world and the poorest economy in the region. Conspiracy theorists even suggest that our fate is sealed, that we will never reach the end of the tunnel; they even catalogue Haiti as a “failed state”. But let me remind you of something: ” destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice; it’s not something to be waited for but something to be achieved”. Haiti will be what we want it to be. In light of this premise, I am asking you to make a choice: be a change-maker or a bystander. If you are a bystander, I just have one advice for you: join right now the bandwagon of change or back-off. I said “back-off”, it’s kind of a straight talk, and I remember that famous quotation of a former US President saying that: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. If you want to be a change-maker, then I humbly have some tips for you within Haiti’s context.

What does it take to be a change-maker within Haiti’s context?

 Stamina: resistance to change is so pervasive in Haiti; you need backbone to confront it. Cynics instill a theory of despair. The agent of change must overcome several obstacles.
The impediments are:

• Institutional: there is no incentive for youth volunteerism within the institutions (public/ private). We are kept hostages of outdated paradigms saying that only experience matters. There is a Youth Ministry that doesn’t do enough to empower youths and accompany youth-led initiatives.

• Psychological: Youths are intimidated; they say that we are too young, we are idealistic, and we don’t have any sense of pragmatism. We act by emotions and sensations.

 Gravitas: strength of character is pivotal in the midst of a broken society where money can buy almost everything.

 Competence: Haiti is a country where the sailor holds the position of the pilot; where the agnostic preaches the virtue of faith in God. Because of nepotism, the right man is not always in the right place. For action to be effective, skills are critical.

 Patriotism: As I crisscrossed the country over the last three years, I saw first-hand the candor of our People, the beauty of our mountains, the depth of our valleys, the poetry of our rivers, the clemency of our climate, the taste of our gastronomy, the diversity of our culture, and of course the charm and the grace and the splendor of our Haitian queens. I love this country and believe me my friends; it’s a country worth fighting for, and even dying for.

 Altruism: The fabric of the modern world nurtures a sense of egotism that makes it very difficult to even think of others. There is a widespread perception in Haiti that any volunteerism is motivated by sub terrain political or lucrative ambitions. The agent of change must have a deep conviction of the selfless nature of his/her initiative in order to stand by example and enhances his/her credibility over time.

 Empathy: You need to walk on others’ shoes to understand their concerns, their fears, their needs in order to better serve them. Sometimes you have your preconceived ideas about people but when you live their own stories, you have a different portrait of the reality. Many international experts felt flat in their projects in Haiti because they just copied and pasted solutions that worked in Africa, which are not compatible with Haiti’s reality; everyone is unique. Empathy is an exceptional quality of leaders.
A new leadership to move the country to the next level
Haiti desperately needs agents of change to tackle some of the challenges that we face. Haiti is yearning for a new style of leadership to get rid of the egotistical Dinosaurs of our elites who only care for their own narrow interests. But to do so, we have to change our paradigms in regards to the country. The change that we see is not just switching individuals of positions like a musical chair exercise, we need to change. As the fate of the country relies on its Youths, we have to make the difference through a three- step process:

I. Identify our mission
II. Define our vision
III. Take action

I- Mission

From a personal perspective, I think my life would have been one of the most meaningless if I didn’t identify my mission. That dimension lifts up the human being from a mechanical or vegetative engine to give him a sense of the communitarian life. It reminds you that you were born for a purpose: make your community a little bit better. This is the starting point of all effective leadership. Everybody should write a personal mission statement that answers the following basic queries: Who am I? Where am I from? Where will I go? What is my purpose in life? How best can I be helpful to my family, my community, my country, and the world? This is the kind of systemic thinking that all human being should apply.

II- Vision

Prior to take a course of action, you have to define the vision that underpins it. One thing is obvious in Haiti over the last 20 years: there is no visionary leadership. The vision is a clear indication of where you will take the country, or on a lesser extent, yourself, your community or your group within a predetermined timeframe. Someone said: “If you don’t know where you want to go, then the most sophisticated engines won’t do”.

III- Action

There is no way you can make a difference if you don’t act. Change-makers are doers. Two prototypes of people live on the face of the earth: 1) the ones who shape the world 2) those who are shaped by the world. Effective leaders stand by deed and example. You get to put your boots on the ground to translate your goodwill into concrete achievements. In order to act in a meaningful way, action must not be self-driven. Leaders are not self-centered.

Graph of the 5 key powers of a leader

Bridging the gap between Youths in Haiti and those who live abroad- the need for synergies among like-minded youths to accomplish real changes
It’s a little bit easier for someone like me who experiment on a daily basis the tragic reality of Haiti to feel concerned by the future of this country. That’s why I think that you, as young men and women living in the greatest nation in the world, have the merits for having organized such an inspiring event on Haiti despite the distance. You deserve the credit and a round of applause if you don’t mind. You proved that you never leave Haiti because this country is in your DNA. You inherit not only the land of our ancestors but also their patriotism and their strength of character. You don’t reside in Haiti anymore but Haiti still resides in you. That’s exactly the kind of youths we are gleaning around the world to build a network and create synergy in order to pave the way towards a better future in Haiti. The tasks are huge in Haiti and we have few human resources. That being said, the inputs of those Haitians who are lucky enough to have a spot in a College here in the United States of America are critical to take the country to the next level. It would be suicidal for us who live in Haiti to exclude the potential and opportunities that you represent for the country’s development. It would also be not so clever from your part to ignore or minimize your responsibilities vis-à-vis our homeland “Haiti cherie”. There are several rooms for cooperation between those who live abroad and us, we have to bridge the gap that separates us and start to soldier on for the country’s renewal.

I praise you for all that you have done on behalf of our magic land Haiti. I am sure that some of you already thought about what they could or should do to participate to Haiti’s rebuilding effort and I assume that some of you are wondering right now how best you can contribute to move the country forward.

Haiti faces both urgent and structural problems. Helping to educate one child is a symbolic action that can impact lives of hundreds; contributing to a reforestation efforts by planting trees is a sound contribution. Join in a philanthropic mission may have an impact as well. Networking with community associations located in Haiti is a great way to connect. Being politically involved is another way to bring about structural change in our society. The bottom line is: have you answered that call to serve or not?

My upbringing

I came to the United States in the year 2000 after graduating from High School (philo). I lived with my unique brother Max and 3 sisters in Orlando. Unlike the conventional wisdom, I decided to move back to Haiti as I was 20 year old. All my friends thought that I was crazy. I was not. I went back on the sole argument that I received a call to serve. I deeply believed that when history calls us, we can’t hide nor run, we ought to pick up the phone.

Our invocation of human intelligence to understand that no matter what corner of the globe we were bred, even from the lowest of societies, we can still achieve self-actualization and ascend to the social empyrean. This ideology can be viewed as neuronal stem cells from which fresh thoughts can be generated, so that this new generation may have the audacity to hope for and work towards a better future as they transform the might of their own minds into the realization of a better Haiti to which the world will render homage.

Our ambitions aim at eliciting the radiation of a core ideology from which may stem a consensus or a collective passion for a reformation throughout the social and political arenas, the keys for the true evolution of this nation. We emphasize on the need to invest in young minds as the value of any man is directly related to the contents of his cranial vault. After traveling to several countries such as the USA, Mexico, Nicaragua, St. Martin, Dominican Republic, I have realized that the state of Haiti can be bettered by improving, maintaining, and retaining our niche of human capital, the natural motor of any civilization. My integration in 2005 to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs NDI (one of the rare international institutions that promote democracy in Haiti) bodes well with my deep beliefs that democracy is path to liberty, equality, and human dignity. Since then, as apostles of democracy, we are working together to spread far and wide the virtues of a democratic system.

This is also that same belief that led me to create the CRED, a youth-led think-tank aiming at producing ideas to be instilled to our peers in a way to work together to change the country region by region. Some cynics said that we were idealistic and that we can’t achieve anything. We proved them wrong. As a social entrepreneur, we are now feeding 350 pupils on a daily basis. We trained hundreds on civic engagement, we marshal like-minded youths in many corners in the country, and we wrote a book that galvanizes young and old citizens, nationals and foreigners. Our organization CRED is entrusted to be the National Lead Agency to celebrate the Global Youth Service Day in Haiti this year. I seize the opportunity to invite you to contribute to make this event a success in Haiti as it will be in over 100 countries. My faith in this fabulous nation keeps being vindicated as I crisscross the country to meet my peers.

As far as Haiti is concerned, there is no destiny that we can’t reach; we defied the cynics in 1804 and we are looking forward to doing so in the future. Haiti happened to be a beacon of hope at the beginning of the 19th century. We are the same nation and the same people that gave the greatest lesson of solidarity, equity of rights, and liberty to the whole mankind. We are today the embodiment of Haiti’s future. Let’s shape it. Let’s coalesce to regain our pride (l’union fait la force). Let’s stand up for something greater than ourselves! We are history makers.

Thank You!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Le Nouvelliste' s article on John's book

Penser autrement l'avenir

«L'avenue qui mène à l'avenir» est le titre du premier ouvrage de John Miller Beauvoir. Cet ouvrage qui se veut un plaidoyer en faveur de l'intégration des jeunes au sein des partis politiques et dans d'autres sphères de décision a été récemment présenté dans les locaux de National Democratic Institute for international Affairs (NDI) à Delmas.

Après deux cents ans de balbutiement, estime l'auteur, il est certain que si le pays se trouve aujourd'hui dans cet état lamentable, la principale source de ce mal revient aux Haïtiens. « Si on veut vraiment changer l'image de la société haïtienne, on doit d'abord afficher une autre mentalité», a-t-il argué.

La situation actuelle du pays, selon M. Beauvoir, est la preuve flagrante que l'Etat haïtien n'assume pas ses responsabilités surtout avec la présence de la Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH) sur le territoire national. Il estime que l'Etat haïtien a failli à sa mission qui consiste à assurer la sécurité de la population, donner une justice équitable, fournir aux citoyens des services sociaux, etc.

« La jeunesse haïtienne est porteuse d'espoir parce qu'elle est l'avenir du pays», a précisé M. Beauvoir tout en faisant remarquer qu'en Haïti, les jeunes représentent un poids démographique important au développement du pays. Il a fait référence au recensement général de la population haïtienne réalisé en 2003.

Selon les voeux formulés par John Miller Beauvoir pour le pays, plus les citoyens sont conscients de leurs responsabilités, plus ils peuvent apporter leur contribution au développement du pays. Pour étayer sa thèse, il fait l'analyse comparative entre le Congo qui, malgré ses riches réserves minières de Katanga et de Kassaï, n'a pas su se transformer en un pays développé faute de ressources humaines et de patriotes conséquents. « Toutefois, le Japon, de son côté, a su réaliser un exploit en dépit de son état misérable et les répercussions de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

« La meilleure façon de prédire l'avenir, c'est de l'inventer », déclare le jeune auteur en précisant que l'implication de la jeunesse dans la vie politique doit être réelle et manifeste. Selon lui, les partis politiques constituent des outils stratégiques pour une Haïti meilleure et florissante.

Enfin, John Miller Beauvoir, dans son ouvrage de 127 pages, a mis l'accent sur la nécessité de redéfinir les valeurs. Il souhaite une certaine symbiose entre l'élite intellectuelle, les partis politiques, les universitaires et le milieu estudiantin.

Amos Cinsir

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