The HOPE Act And Its Effect On The Haitian Economy

Monday, March 11, 2013 8:54 AM

The Haitian HOPE (Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement) Act of 2006 (also known as HOPE I) was enforced on 6th Dec 2006. As a part of this Act, exports of certain Haiti-made apparels to U.S. were made tariff-free. The intention was to attract investment in apparel industry with the underlying plan being development and economic growth. The condition was that only those apparels will be made duty free whose raw materials were imported by Haiti from any country provided, a part of the sourced material must come from a country that is a part of U.S. Unilateral Preferential Trade Arrangement. Apart from this, Haiti was also required to establish:

• Market Economy.
• Rule of Law.
• Zero barriers for U.S. investment and trade.
• Poverty reduction policies.
• Corruption combat policies.
• Workers right protection.

With HOPE I failing dramatically, it was amended and HOPE II was enforced in 2008 and preferences were extended to 10 years (compared to 3 years of HOPE I) and more apparels were added under duty-free coverage. Some rules for qualification were also simplified and Haiti was required to create Labor Ombudsman’s Office and was required to enforce Technical Assistance improvement and Compliance Needs Assessment and Remediation (TAICNAR) Program within 16 months of legislation enactment.

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