First ever workshop to support resilience-building for Haitian entrepreneurs in Dominica

Exec Dir of DAIC presents on making a BCP – with translator

Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the generous support of the US State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migrants (PRM) has executed its first Business Resilience targeting migrant business owners.

Fifteen Haitian Entrepreneurs attended the Business Continuity Planning workshop at the Convent High School Auditorium on 4 May 2022, where Lizra Fabien, Executive Director of DAIC led them through the steps of creating a business continuity plan (BCP), using the Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) Business Resilience Toolkit. Ms. Fabien advised that all businesses should plan ahead to mitigate against the risks that they predict might severely affect their individual businesses. She also cautioned that even a weak plan is better than no plan at all.

IOM recently partnered with DAIC and CARICHAM under its Western Hemisphere Program, to support translation of the Business Continuity Planning Guide and Template, now available on the Caribbean Chamers website in the five primary languages of business in the Caribbean. The support of the UN Migration Agency ensured that DAIC could deliver the workshop, already presented to local business members of the DAIC, to a broader cadre of business owners who are often excluded. The activity thereby contributes to SDG 10 – reducing inequalities in access to information and business resilience support.

Mrs. Amonia Paul-Rolle, Social Development Planner in the Ministry of Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy also attended the workshop, and engaged the migrant business owners on their significant role in Dominica’s thrust to achieve resilience, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030. The business owners were able to identify the SDGs that they contribute to through their operations, including SDG 8 DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.

The event was chaired by Maxine Alleyne-Esprit, Communications Assistant and Officer-in-Charge at IOM Dominica with Haitian Creole translations and simultaneous interpretation provided by Gabriel César of CENAP Translation & Interpretation Services, and PRO of the Association of Haitians Integrated in Dominica (AHID).

Social Development Planner Amonia Paul-Rolle
PRO of Haitians Association (AHID) and IOM Communications Assistant
Haitian Business Owner Gabriel Mesidor looks over BCP template


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  1. Goodweed
    May 10, 2022

    Don’t you see they are trying to divide us?! This division will lead us to a civil war between Haitians and Dominicans. Dominica bout to become the new Haiti

  2. carib-watch
    May 8, 2022

    People be nice.
    I can guarantee you that anyone who is serious about business would not be on a newspaper chat complaining about opportunities.
    Stop the hate.

  3. Dominican Bwoi
    May 7, 2022

    You lot want to be seen as equals in other peoples countries, yet look down on Haitians & Mr. Chin in Dominica. Shouldn’t they too be equals?

    Either you’re all equal or nobody is. You can’t have it both ways.

  4. Dominican Bwoi
    May 7, 2022

    Dominicans run to America, England, Antigua, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, wherever they can, and expect handouts from said country & relatives from overseas, yet complain when Haitians try to better their lives in Dominica. What’s the issue? Bunch of hypocrites

    So it’s wrong for Haitians to better their lives in Dominica but it’s perfectly fine for Dominicans to steal other other countries resources, when you too have your own country? You’re not better than anybody else. Grow up

  5. I need an answer please
    May 6, 2022

    DAIC media release – Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 9:52 AM
    Why is a release for an activity for Wednesday 4th released on Thursday, May 5th?
    This Workshop takes place on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 from 4:30 PM at the Convent High School Auditorium.


    Answers please

    ADMIN: We published the release late but felt that the message was still worth airing.

  6. My thoughts on this!
    May 5, 2022

    Not enough is being done for us Dominicans in our own homeland in terms of assistance in starting small businesses and keeping our existing businesses opened. Now there’s assistance in the form of funding from the USA and other European entities to help Haitians in our land. So the Haitians aren’t allowed into the USA or Europe but the USA and Europeans can assist them on our soil? We cannot get visas to go to the USA to shop for our businesses but we’re supposed to keep Haitians in our land while the USA provides support as long as they’re kept here and don’t go to the USA. Dominicans we need to wake up. Am not against helping Haitians am thinking charity should start at home.

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    • IOM Dominica
      May 6, 2022

      For clarification: This workshop was first offered by DAIC to LOCAL BUSINESSES who are members of the DAIC. The US-funded project was used to EXTEND the workshop so that migrant-owned businesses could ALSO benefit from the information. So “charity” began at home and then was extended to neighbours.

      Also, the funding is not for Haitians specifically, but they are among the most vulnerable migrant communities.

      If you are interested in more information, or would like to share or discuss more, please feel free to call or message 767-275-3225

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      • My thoughts on this!
        May 6, 2022

        Thanks for clarifying further the specifics of this initiative. I appreciate the time taken to enlighten us further however I do believe this is a good place to start in terms of USA relations with our country regarding migration. The USA has had a very prejudiced policy regarding black migrants and to some degree some Hispanic migrants into their country. The policy could even be described as blatantly racist. When a Cuban white Hispanic gets to USA waters they’re given asylum but a Haitian is placed in detention and later returned to Haiti. If IOM and other such organizations are serious about helping all our Caribbean people they should apply more legitimate pressure on SAM (he’s not my uncle). If Sam cares about the regions People of African descent Sam should do more in terms of legitimate trade. Set up or give funding to USA companies to set up factories and other forms of industry in our countries. Why aren’t their factories and other legitimate business other than tourism here?

  7. Toto
    May 5, 2022

    Man, I don’t get this. Are Haitians different from us.I thought we are all the same originating from Africa. Why you treat them different, just because you get an allocation of money from an outside donor and you have to show you are doing it for Hatians just to tappay the money. Treat everybody the same bro with respect and don’t be cheap beggars.

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    • IOM Dominica
      May 6, 2022

      We totally agree that all people are the same – this is exactly at the core of our work. However, we also recognize, for instance, that some of us speak different languages, and sometimes when we are in a foreign country, the system does not engage us as much as they do the local businesses. The funding was used to translate the documents to make them easier to access for people who speak different languages. It was also used to translate the presentation (same presentation that was done for local businesses in English).

      The Haitian business owners were very happy to get this training on how to make business continuity plans.

      The project that supported this activity has the objective of building the capacity of entities to engage migrants so that they are equally prepared as locals in the event of a crisis.

      Please feel free to contact us at 767-275-3225 if you would like to discuss further. We would be happy to hear from you.

    • Dominican Bwoi
      May 7, 2022

      “don’t be cheap beggars”, yet YOU are complaining because YOU didn’t benefit from this. Oh, the irony. Looks like you’re the cheap beggar

      Get of your a.s & stop looking for handouts. Typical Skerrit minion behaviour :lol:

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