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FAQs

What is “Open Data”?

Open Data is a global concept referring to data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. It is not a new concept, but the idea has gathered steam with the introduction of the internet and various government initiatives such as data.gov and data.gov.uk.

More information can be found through the Open Data Handbook.

What is the objective of this portal?

The main objective of this platform is to provide quick and free access to data, accompanied by a range of analytical tools, to help established and potential investors with their business decisions and to consolidate their business plans.

The platform also facilitates data exchange among government institutions, contributing to higher efficiency and greater transparency. On top of this, it provides official data from different institutions that can be used for academic research and other professional purposes.

Who is this portal designed for?

“Invest Haiti | Open Data “is primarily designed for people who are interested in doing business in Haiti as investors or entrepreneurs. The data on this portal are selected to help these people in their decision-making process and to provide significant information that can be used to prepare or consolidate business plans and other business documents.

The data can also be used by the government for policy decisions, particularly relating to trade and industry, and by the academic sector for research.

How does Haiti benefit from this portal?

Both private and public institutions in Haiti produce a lot of data, but much of this data is either not published or is dispersed among many different institutions making it difficult to collect together and analyze. This portal addresses these issues by centralizing certain economic and commercial data for current and potential investors in Haiti.

Haitian students and researchers can also benefit from this portal to further their research, as can civil servants for policy decisions and professionals for their day-to-day work.

What is the Center for the Facilitation of Investments (CFI)?

The Center for Facilitation of Investments (CFI) is Haiti's national investment promotion agency mandated to promote investments and help potential investors find and take advantage of opportunities in Haiti. Created by presidential decree on January 31, 2006, the CFI functions as an independent bureau under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and works to attract investments that contribute to the development of the country, diversify the economy, strengthen supply chains, and generate jobs.

For more information about the CFI, please visit the main website here.

What type of data is available on the “Invest Haiti| Open Data” portal?

Data on this platform are sourced from several institutions (See About this platform) that produce and publish official data. They cover a wide range of topics such as Business Costs, Economics, Trade, Demographics, Education Infrastructure, and Health, and are available with varying frequencies (monthly, quarterly and yearly) where possible.

Different representations of data (graphs, tables and maps) are available on the website to support users in analyzing the available data.

How is the data sourced for the platform?

The data on this platform come from local and international sources. International data are provided and updated by Knoema, our international partner that has helped us develop the portal. Locally sourced data is either collected by the CFI or by local partner institutions. More information regarding data sources and our partners can be found on the About this platform page.

How frequently is data updated?

The frequency with which data is updated typically depends on the frequency of publication of this data by the original source. The platform aims to have the highest frequency of data possible but this must be balanced which the increased workload that accompanies frequent updates. The highest frequency is typically monthly data (when available), but certain data is only produced on a quarterly or annual basis.

The data provided from international sources is regularly updated by Knoema, the company that provides technical support for the CFI Open Data platform. For updating the national data, the CFI has established partnerships with institutions such as the BRH, IHSI and MARNDR. These institutions update their datasets directly on the platform, in coordination with the CFI’s Research Department.

Can I put data on this platform?

The CFI aims to make the most data possible available for the platform’s users. If you are interested in contributing data to the platform, please contact CFI staff at opendata@cfihaiti.com.

How do I ask for more data (information on the data)?

Any user can send us message by using the question mark icon at the right bottom side of the screen. The box allows a user to give feedback or ask for any help from the team managing the platform.

How can I find out more about investment procedures and investment incentives in Haiti?

The Haitian government and its partners have recently undertaken several initiatives to increase the accessibility of the information on trade and investment procedures, as well as Haiti’s investment incentives. Information on this matter can be found on the CFI’s main website: www.investhaiti.ht and the Haiti Trade Information Portal of the Ministry of Trade and Industry: www.haiticommerce.gouv.ht.

Can I access “Invest Haiti | Open Data” on a mobile device?

Users can access the “Invest Haiti | Open Data” platform on a mobile device using a typical internet browser, however, there is also a customized mobile application for the portal available for both Android and iOS. The two applications can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.

How can I incorporate visualizations into my website?

Both ready-made visualizations and those created by users can be embedded in third-party websites. Each time data is updated on the platform, the embedded visualizations will also be updated with the latest data. The required links can be found by clicking on the “embed” button available on every visualization.

What benefits do I have when creating a profile on this platform?

Creating a user profile is free and easy to do. This profile allows to users to save any visualization that they find interesting (either those already published on the platform, or those created by the user) to their personal account so that they can be readily accessed in the future. These visualizations can then be combined into custom-made “dashboards” that collect together the data that is most useful for a particular user. Finally, a profile allows users to export data and visualizations in a range of different formats for further use.

The profile can be created via the major social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Google+ or simply by registering with a new username and password here.

Do I have any kind of constraint/restriction on using data from the portal? (Ex: name the source of the database)

Data provided by this platform is public and can be used without any major constraint or restriction. However, users are requested to always cite the original source of the data as it is displayed on the platform. More information on the use of data from this platform is available in the Terms of Use.

How can I get in touch with the CFI?

It is easy to get in touch with us. In the right bottom of your screen you will see question mark icon, click here to contact us with questions comments or feedback. You can also contact us via the email address opendata@cfihaiti.com. Feel free to let us know the data you would like to see on the platform so that we can better adapt the contents to user’s needs.

How do I find out more information of the origins of the data?

Most datasets, when viewed in the dataset browser, will provide a short description of the dataset as well as a hyperlink to the website of the dataset’s source for more information. If a user would like to get in touch with a representative of a national source institution for more specific information, then they can contact the CFI at opendata@cfihaiti.com.