Jovenel Moïse (born 26 June 1968) is a Haitian entrepreneur and politician serving as the 58th President of Haiti since February 2017. Previously, final official results had shown him as the winner of the November 2016 election.
|58th President of Haiti|
|Assumed office |
7 February 2017
|Prime Minister||Enex Jean-Charles|
Jack Guy Lafontant
Jean Michel Lapin (fr) (acting)
|Preceded by||Jocelerme Privert (interim)|
|Born||26 June 1968|
|Political party||Tèt Kale|
|Spouse(s)||Martine Étienne Joseph|
|Children||Joverlein Moïse, Jomarlie Moïse, Jovenel Moïse, Jr.|
|Alma mater||Quisqueya University|
Early life and educationEdit
Jovenel Moïse was born in Trou-du-Nord, Nord-Est on June 26, 1968 from a modest hard-working family. From his father, Etienne Moïse, a mechanic and farmer, he inherited his love of the land. His late mother Lucia Bruno, a seamstress, taught him civic and moral values as well as a strong sense of responsibility. His parents, despite their limited education, were able to pass on strict principles and discipline. His family values, his innate capacities and stellar work ethic have allowed Jovenel Moïse to become a successful agro-entrepreneur - a “man of the land”, with a natural talent to revolutionize Haiti’s production through agriculture.
In July 1974, his family moved to Port-au-Prince, where he continued his primary studies at “Ecole Nationale Don Durélin”, and followed up with his secondary studies first at Lycée Toussaint Louverture, and then at Centre Culturel du Collège Canado-Haïtien. Later, he studied geography and political science at Faculté des Sciences de l’Education de l'Université Quisqueya and despite a planned future as an educator, he veers instead into entrepreneurship.
With little investment capital, Moïse launched his first business in Port-de-Paix, JOMAR Auto Parts, still in operation today. That same year, his love of the land directed his efforts toward the development of an agricultural project where he set up an organic banana plantation extending to over 25 acres of land in the Northwest department.
In 2001, Moïse embarked on a new innovative project partnering with Culligan. He combined loans from financial institutions and private entities and started a drinking water plant for distribution to the Nord-Ouest and Northeast regions.
In 2004, Moïse became a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Northwest (CCINO). Soon after, he was elected president of CCINO. He later became secretary general of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH), where he helped with the integration and fair representation of the regional Chambers of Commerce within the national organization.
In 2008, inspired by an interest in regional electrification, he helped found another enterprise, Compagnie Haïtienne d’Énergie S.A. (COMPHENER S.A.), which aimed to bring solar and wind power to 10 communes in Nord-Ouest.
In 2012, he founded AGRITRANS SA, introduced the agricultural project NOURRIBIO to Trou du Nord and helped create Haiti's first agricultural free trade zone, a 2500-acre banana plantation in Nord-Est. With this project, Moïse was able to successfully cultivate unfarmable land into a lush, integrated and sustainable project that is a model for development of Haiti’s agricultural sector. Through this project, Haiti was able to export organic bananas to Germany, for the first time since 1954. This led him to be nicknamed Nèg Bannann (Banana Man) and to more than a dozen agricultural projects that created almost 3,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs.
In his campaign, Moïse promoted bio-ecological agriculture as an economic engine for Haiti, whose population is over 50% rural. He also expressed support for policies pursued by Martelly: universal education and health care, energy reform, rule of law, the creation of sustainable jobs, environmental protection, and development of Haiti as a destination for ecotourism and agritourism.
Moïse received 32.8% of votes in the first round of the 2015 elections held on 15 October 2015, qualifying for a runoff with the second-place finisher, Jude Célestin. However, an exit poll conducted by the Haiti Sentinel showed Moïse receiving only 6% of the vote, and many observers called the results fraudulent. Thousands of people took to the streets in violent protest, forcing the postponement of the runoff election.
On 27 November 2016, election officials said Moïse had won the 2016 election in the first round based on preliminary results, with an estimated voter turnout of 21%.
2015 and 2016 Haitian presidential electionsEdit
|Candidate||Party||First round (2015)||First round (2016)|
|Jovenel Moïse||Haitian Tèt Kale Party||508,761||32.81||595,430||55.67|
|Jude Célestin||Ligue Alternative pour le Progrès et l'Emancipation Haitienne||392,782||25.27||208,837||19.52|
|Jean-Charles Moïse||Platfom Pitit Desalin||222,109||14.27||118,142||11.04|
|Maryse Narcisse||Fanmi Lavalas||108,844||7.05||96,121||8.99|
|Eric Jean Baptiste||Mouvement Action Socialiste||56,427||3.63||Did not run||N/A|
Note: Table abridged as there are too many candidates. See pdf for more candidates and their performances.
- @cep_haiti (28 November 2016). "Résultats préliminaires des élections présidentielles du 20 Novembre 2016 pic.twitter.com/i9GsrkkU8p" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Brice, Makini (29 November 2016). "Businessman Moise wins Haiti election in first round - provisional results". Port-au-Prince: Reuters. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Haiti Libre Staff (25 October 2015). "Haïti - Portrait : Qui est Jovenel Moïse ?". Haiti Libre (in French). Retrieved 30 November 2016.
- Jake Johnston (27 July 2018). "Amid an Uprising, Can Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Deliver on His Promises?". The Nation.
The government granted tax-free access to the land and a $6 million loan to a new company, Agritrans, owned by Moïse, the president of the local chamber of commerce. Anonymous investors contributed at least another $10 million.
- Robles, Frances (21 January 2016). "U.S. Presses for Haiti Runoff Vote Amid Fears of Violence and Fraud". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Only 6% voted for Jovenel Moïse according to Exit Poll". Haiti Sentinel. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Charles, Jacqueline (29 October 2015). "Haitian observers: 'Massive fraud' in vote". Miami Herald. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Robles, Frances (22 January 2016). "Haiti Postpones Presidential Runoff as Violence Rises". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Jacqueline Charles (28 November 2016). "Banana farmer wins Haiti presidency, according to preliminary results". Miami Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
| President of Haiti