Haitian Diaspora converges for NAHP conference

Following the recent tense presidential elections in Haiti, leaders throughout the Diaspora will get down to policy brass tacks at the upcoming National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) fourth annual conference, set for November 12 to 14 at Florida International University.

The three-day conference will focus on advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the context of uniting and strengthening Haiti and its Diaspora. Dominant thinkers on Haiti’s development will also come together to discuss effective collaboration between governments and their diaspora.

“The conference has become the preferred platform where policy makers, politicians, professionals, students, government officials, leaders, and stakeholders committed to Haiti come together to discuss and find solutions on issues related to Haiti and its Diaspora,” said conference co-Founder and NAHP VP, Serge Renaud.

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As Haiti’s political future still hangs in the balance following the elections, the conference has certainly attracted many political leaders and critics as a platform to express their concerns. Current Prime Minister Evans Paul and three former prime ministers Laurent Lamothe, Garry Conille and Jean-Max Bellerive, are all attending as keynote speakers. Top ministers such as Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Robert Labrousse, Minister of Economy Wilson Laleau and Haitian ambassador Paul Altidor will also there addressing key economic and political concerns.

Beside current challenges, the conference also seeks to promote innovations, ending with the inaugural Golden Honors Award Gala. NAHP will recognize the contributions of men and women excelling among the Diaspora. Two Haitian Leadership Award Scholarships will also be presented to young scholars Raquel Laguerre and Amanda Raymond.

“NAHP strives to cultivate, illuminate, and demonstrate the many accomplishments of individuals in all sectors that have contributed in elevating and reshaping a brighter Haiti,” says event chair Marie Texas. “The award ceremony aims to foster a culture of appreciation, and to educate future generations about the values in celebrating the successes of positive influencers reaching great heights through selfless dedication to philanthropic work.”

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