Lionel Delatour
Lionel Delatour
Delegation leader

Didier Fils-Aimé

Didier Fils-Aimé

Elected president of chamber of commerce


Nathalie Buteau

Nathalie Buteau Antoine

Built new eighty-five-room hotel


Harold Charles

Harold Charles

Entrepreneur of the year

2014 Person of the Year









Presented by the Haiti Democracy Project, 2003–2015

The members of these delegations are job-creators for some of the poorest people in the world. Their enterprises point to a Haiti that is self-sustaining, not dependent on international charity. Despite the glaring social inequalities between them and the poor, which we do not intend to minimize, this indigenous business class is at the nucleus of the country's modernization.

Since 1993, these delegations have opened an avenue of communication with decision-makers in Washington through the vicissitudes of the political situation in Haiti. The Haiti Democracy Project took over this series in 2003.

The members of a recent delegation in September 2013 employed over seventy-five thousand Haitians. Their formula is simple: Entrepreneurship + the hard-working Haitian people = success.



Didier Fils-Aimé, member of our Twenty-eighth Business Delegation, is elected president of the Haitian chamber of commerce, Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de l'ouest, CCIO. He is an owner and shareholder of four companies in Haiti:

  • Haiti Networking Group S.A. (HAINET), Internet service provider
  • Blanchisserie du Soleil, dry-cleaning chain
  • COFI Industrie S.A., paper products
  • San Aquino S.A., tourist-industry development

Webmaster's note: A man to watch. He will be heard from again.

Didier Fils-Aimé's business profile

Nathalie Buteau Antoine, member of our Thirtieth Business Delegation, oversaw a major expansion of the Kinam Hotel which added eighty-five new rooms, one conference center, two high-end restaurants, a shopping plaza, and three levels of parking. She was commended by the prime minister for her contribution to the tourist sector.


Harold Charles, member of our Thirty-third Delegation, was chosen as Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013 for the accomplishments of his company, CEEPCO, in the construction sector. He was featured in Black Enterprise magazine. In May 2014 he was named the Small Business Administration's Person of the Year for Maryland