Will The Economy Leave Port-au-Prince With Its People?

More than a million Haitians have fled the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and government officials are advising them to stay out of the city. But many question if these provincial cities will be able to provide jobs and economic opportunities.
January 30, 2010, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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These are the same provincial cities Haitians fled over the past few decades, seeking better jobs and economic growth in the capital.

"Now, as Haitian officials and international development experts start to envision Haiti's reconstruction, "decentralization" has become an ubiquitous rallying cry. Port-au-Prince should never again be the congested and almost anarchic city it was before Jan. 12, these experts say: Those who have left the capital should be encouraged to stay out.

All of which sounds fine to people in Jacmel, both old-timers and the newly returned alike, with one considerable stipulation: as long as the provincial cities have the services and amenities – like jobs – that drew people to Port-au-Prince in the first place."

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Published on Friday, January 29, 2010 in The Christian Science Monitor
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