Welcome to the "Invest in Haiti | Open Data" portal, a centralized, online platform that brings together data from local and international sources and allows users to freely analyze this data. The platform is managed by the Center for the Facilitation of Investments (CFI), Haiti’s investment promotion agency, an independent institution working under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI). The platform aims to help established and potential investors in their decision-making process and to provide concrete data allowing them to consolidate their business plans.
"Invest in Haiti | Open Data" also offers several advantages for the government of Haiti and the general public. It facilitates data exchange between government entities that can use the same format to exchange data via the online platform; this helps to improve efficiency and promote transparency. For the general public, it provides official data from different institutions that can be used for academic research and professional purposes.
The information available on this platform is provided by state institutions (ministries and autonomous government agencies) and international agencies operating in the country (see bottom of page for more information).
The site is organized into four main sections which allow users to access the various statistical data and visualization tools that are available. This data is exportable and visualizations can be embedded in third party websites.
Below is a brief overview of the platform’s tools, for more detailed questions about using the platform please see the user manual.
On the Homepage, visualizations and data can be accessed directly via the search bar. A search by subject is also possible through the grey icons designating the various topics available on the platform.
The user also has the ability to create a custom profile allowing them to save and export their favorite databases, indicators, and visualizations. The profile can be created via the major social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, or simply by submitting a new username and password.
The "Sectors snapshots" section, as the name suggests, presents collections of visualizations that provide a comprehensive overview of a topic or a particular aspect of the economy (Economy and Finance, Agriculture, International Trade, etc.) and its evolution. Some snapshots contain a written analysis to provide more information on the context behind the data.
The mapping tool allows investors to evaluate potential sites for their business as well as and the chain of operations based on the location of facilities and production opportunities identified on the map.
The data available on the map is presented in two main forms: objects and layers. The objects mark the geographical locations of certain infrastructure and public and private institutions that are important for investors. Some examples include: the location of the ports and airports, the position of free zones and industrial parks, border crossing points and the location of important tourist attractions and educational institutions.
The layers represent regional data disaggregated according to the administrative divisions of the country (départements, arrondissements, communes, sections communales etc.). For example, the map allows visualizing layers representing the estimated total population and agricultural production by region.
The "Explore Data" section directs users to all available databases on the platform. The data browser enables users to create customized graphs and maps from one or more indicators of a database and to either export or save them to the personal profile. Databases are classified by topics, sources as well as based on international or local data.
Users can select whichever database they would like to explore further, and the platform will take them to a page presenting all the indicators contained within the database. Different combinations of these indicators can be selected to create a variety of visualizations (bar charts, line graphs, pie charts etc.).
Visualizations can be exported in PPTX, XLSX, PDF, and PNG formats and the underlying data in CSV, XLSX, and AtomSVC formats.
The data on this platform can be separated into databases from either local or international sources. Databases from international sources are updated automatically by Knoema, the firm that developed the platform. Local data sources are updated either by the CFI or by local partner institutions who directly manage their own data on the platform. These local partners are supported continuously by the CFI's Research Department team.
Other local institutions providing data for the platform are le Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances de la République d’Haïti (MEF), l’Autorité Portuaire National (APN), la Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI), le Ministère du Tourisme et des Industries Créatives (MTIC), le Centre Nationale d’Information Géospatiale (CNIGS), l’Association des Industries d'Haïti (ADIH), la Direction Générale des Impôts (DGI), le Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP), le Ministère de l'Education Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle (MENFP), and la Digicel.