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5385: Re: 5376: Re: 5351: Re: 5340 Cuba helping Haiti to modernize sugar mill : Poincy replies to Reginald (fwd)
The point on a diversified economy is well taken. However, Ayiti does not show
such an economic pattern in its entire history nor indicates this tendency
today. Rather, officials tend to promote tourism along side export economy,
another rodent to the economy. I donít know if that would fall under an
excellent form of diversification.
What would seem to be a diversified economy in its case is confined solely to
cash crop production. From its inception, the form of production adopted in the
country has always been one geared toward the international market. The
presence of the assembly industry came and added to the lot.
A country not trained to diversify its economy tends to embrace the export-
based type of economy. Now reviving the sugar industry in Ayiti would further
accentuate Ayiti penchant to it.
Let's agree that Ayiti has a diversified economy (I am sure you do not mean
diversification in cash crops), it would still cause damages due to the labor-
intensive nature of sugar cane production. As a result it would suck up much of
the labor force needed elsewhere in the economy. That would inhibit the
development of other sectors; unless, Dominicans would called upon to cross
over and work on the sugar cane plantation.
The other drawback: the proceeds from the international market would not be
sufficient to cover the excessive costs of production and would leave Ayiti
with a net loss. The price volatility on the international market is a result
of heavy competition and other sugar production alternatives.
Ayiti has lived, lives and will live
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