Five years later, the financial tragedy experienced in 2014 during the organization of the National Carnival, still torments the spirit of certain hotel operators, restaurateurs, merchants and cultural agents in Gonaïves. In 2019, ideas emerging from a thought process, want to remedy this situation
by Hervé Noël
GONAIVES / CARNIVAL / INVESTMENT
Gonaives, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – En officially announcing the organization of the National Carnival in Gonaïves, the Head of State, intended to fulfill a promise held in 2018. On 1 er last January, the crowd present on the Place d'Armes a, without too much enthusiasm, welcomed the news. And very few ovations followed the announcement of Jovenel Moise, it was found.
In a veiled manner, this public reaction reflects a certain reservation made regarding the hidden strategy through the idea of relocating the national carnival. The perception of a popular festival held in the provinces without the province, holds the road taking into account the information gathered and testimonies collected on the approach.
National Carnival 2014, no economic boom in Gonaives
In 2014, in Gonaïves, the National Carnival as much as it provoked euphoria and curiosity was a financial disaster for entrepreneurs. “ Investments to multiply hotel rooms, enhance the cultural potential of Gonaiv, make available the gastronomic specialties of Artibonite have reported very little reveals the Engineer-Entrepreneur Raynald Orival.
'' Hotel rooms, restaurants were observed deserts. The visitors avoided these spaces wielding the thesis of excessive prices and uncompetitive services “, continues Raynald Orival, witness of the festivities in 2014.
At the same time, firms in the capital were able to make a brisk which relates to the construction of the stands, the decoration of the allegorical floats. Very few local companies have been favored for the supply of materials, says the head of media who was the first to introduce programming on the FM band Gonaives in 1990.
In 2014, the cultural sector local treated as a poor relative
The cultural sector was also not immune from maneuvers aimed at discouraging domestic expertise. '' Handicrafts workshops, spare parts industries have been sidelined, increasing the woes of operators and confirming the approach of an imported carnival said Reginald Jean Baptiste, hotel owner .
The legacy of the National Carnival in 2014 in Gonaïves hangs heavy on the functioning of certain sectors. Service companies continue to pay a hefty price for commitments made to banks, and others overloaded with debt have been forced to close. Some having broken their piggy banks to offer other benefits have accumulated deficits, reveal some businessmen requiring anonymity.
Ideas to correct
The decision to transport the national carnival in provinces or even decentralize the popular festival in itself, deserves to be encouraged and supported. However, the strategy to weaken the local industry and discourage creation in the cities makes the approach unreliable.
To anticipate the disaster, Réginald Jean Baptiste proposes the definition of a clear agenda to address the fundamental concerns of local entrepreneurs. The Haitian state, Gonaivian civil society, entrepreneurs must agree on a carnival organization in harmony with the reality of the city. “ Funds will have to be made available to businesses to strengthen their initiatives and revalorize local production. Negotiations in Gonaïves must also be involved and solicited in the preparation of the parade advises the owner of the Cosmos Hotel.
Contrary to the idea advocated by the administration Martelly / Lamothe, the fallout of the three days bold in 2014 in the chief town of Artibonite were little visible. The business sector was struggling to recover from this disastrous season of unfair competition. Companies collapsed under debts are reluctant to embark in 2019. Companies still struggle to revive, assesses Mr. Orival.
The owner of Radio Télé Provinciale recommends hotel operators and restaurateurs to change policy. “ Hotel rooms must be accessible to all at affordable prices, restaurants must also redouble their efforts to match the tastes of partygoers “, he advocates.
Less than 2 months of Three Carnival Days Carnival in the metropolis of Artibonite, the national committee is not yet at work. Citizens warn about the regrettable experience of the 2014 edition, the economic and financial debacle experienced by some companies. Ideas are organized for a version of 3, 4 and 5 March 2019 improved and to challenge the status quo.