Former Republic of Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe Receives NAAHP Golden Honors Award

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The prestigious award is presented to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary efforts on behalf of Haiti and its Diaspora

The Honorable Laurent S. Lamothe, LSL World Initiative founder and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, received the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) Golden Honors Award for his outstanding work, integrity and commitment to Haiti and its Diaspora on December 8. The prestigious award was presented to Mr. Lamothe at the Haitian Diaspora Leadership Conversation in Boston, MA.

Last month, Mr. Lamothe delivered a keynote address at the NAAHP Annual Conference in Miami, FL that focused on interrelated themes of advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the context of uniting and strengthening Haiti and its Diaspora. Specifically, Mr. Lamothe’s address centered on the untapped potentials of Haiti, especially in the field of innovative financing for development (IFD).

“I am honored to accept the NAAHP Golden Honors Award and would like to share it symbolically with countless others who are working towards the same goals that this remarkable organization supports,” said Mr. Lamothe. “The NAAHP plays a critical role in inspiring the professional achievement of the Haitian people, and I am grateful to the organization for increasing collaboration between Haiti and its Diaspora in order to sustain social and economic development. I thank NAAHP for this great honor and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Earlier this week in Massachusetts, Mr. Lamothe delivered a lecture to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Fellows about exhibiting leadership in an uncertain world and how to deal with the challenges and adversity that come with it. In attendance were 123 Sloan Fellows – mid-level executives participating in the one-year MIT Sloan Fellows Program – who come from all over the globe to attend the world renowned institute.

About Laurent S. Lamothe

Laurent S. Lamothe successfully served as Prime Minister of Haiti between May 2012 and December 2014, the longest tenure of any Prime Minister in the last three decades. During his time in office, Lamothe presided over the design and implementation of an important social policy agenda that targeted the poorest sectors of the Haitian population. Mr. Lamothe also oversaw the largest infrastructure development in recent memory throughout Haiti, and served as co-chair of the Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti in 2011 with United States President Bill Clinton.

Under Mr. Lamothe’s leadership, foreign direct investment increased to the highest level since the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship in the mid-1980s. Mr. Lamothe also pursued reforms that helped make Haiti more business-friendly, including the implementation of 15-year tax holidays and tax breaks to companies investing in the island nation, and increasing the police force by 30 percent.

Mr. Lamothe brought to the office of Prime Minister an entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism that earned him the title of “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young in May 2008. More recently in November 2014, Latin Trade magazine recognized his innovative skills by naming him the year’s Innovative Leader of the Americas, noting that Mr. Lamothe “helped establish a paradigm shift for Haiti as a destination for investment, rather than simply for humanitarian aid.”

Having grown up in a country affected by poverty and lack of resources at all levels, this savvy businessman has developed a deep sense of social responsibility and a strong tendency to assist those in need. Mr. Lamothe is a pragmatist who, throughout his role serving in the public sector, emphasized practical solutions over partisan politics to address the urgent needs of Haiti.

Mr. Lamothe obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Barry University in Miami and his MBA with honors from the University of St. Thomas.

About LSL World Initiative

The LSL World Initiative (LSLWI) is a global organization dedicated to the socio-economic empowerment of emerging countries founded by Laurent S. Lamothe, a visionary leader driven by a deep sense of global social responsibility. Mr. Lamothe successfully served as Prime Minister of Haiti between May 2012 and December 2014, the longest tenure of any Prime Minister in the last three decades.

Against the bleak background of the global economic crisis, traditional forms of financing for development are under pressure. Countries must find alternative sources of financing or face falling short of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). LSL World Initiative’s mission is to help governments achieve their SDGs by thinking outside the box of traditional foreign aid to bring proven solutions that identify new revenue sources through innovative financing development mechanisms.

Countries working with LSL World Initiative transparently determine the allocation of funds according to their priorities including vital needs such as clean water, housing development, health and education services. Ultimately, LSL World Initiative empowers countries toward a prosperous, sustainable future through economic self-sufficiency.

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