The Design and Implementation of the Haiti Trade Information Portal (HTIP) project, financed by the World Bank, aimed to lower transaction costs for traders, boost interagency collaboration, and move Haiti toward greater participation in global trade through fuller compliance with WTO rules and agreements. The HTIP was envisioned as a user-friendly website where traders have ready access to comprehensive and up-to-date information on all tariff and nontariff measures.
As the first of its kind in the Caribbean basin, the trade portal will enhance the position of Haiti among its partners in and beyond the region. The Nathan team, working with the local ICT firm Solutions S.A., oversees all aspects of design and implementation.
The work entailed developing and putting into place an information system accompanied by related steps to improve transparency and integrity, lower trade transaction costs, improve interagency coordination, and reduce the time to clear goods.
Nathan worked closely with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, General Administration of Customs, and other ministries and agencies as well as several public and private stakeholders to ensure their continued support and participation once the website opens.
The HTIP may lead to creation of a national single window (NSW) system for handling all trade-related documentation and transactions.