Topic: Infrastructure

Primary Authors: Kyle James Brown, Eric "Tito" Riese

Current Situation:

A Solid Infrastructure is the key to attracting overseas investment and creating the climate necessary for business, both domestic and international. If industry and agriculture are to take off, good transportation is vital. Currently, what few roads are in place exist in name only. There are decades of neglect that need repair, and many areas are not reachable by road. There is also a severe lack of potable water: there is no working sewage service and most available water is misused. Also, Intense deforestation has lead to massive soil erosion, which both severely limits the area of available farmland, and leads to heavy flooding in many low-lying areas during the rainy season. Large portions of the country are inaccessible by ground at extended intervals due to such flooding.

Issues to be Discussed:

  • Ground Transportation System (GTS)
  • Lack of Potable Water
  • Lack of Farmland
  • Alternate Energy Sources

Affirming clean drinking water as a necessity for all human beings.
Accepting that the movement of goods is required for a healthy economy.
Aware of the lack of and need for agricultural land for the Haitian people to feed themselves.
Realizing that the future need for clean, renewable energy will be felt everywhere on the globe.

Calls upon the U.N. to oversee the creation of:

  • A. Ground Transportation System
    • I. Electric Rail Network
      • a. Would connect the entire country with High Speed Electric Lines
      • b. Passenger Cars during the day, Freight at Night (because of differing speeds)
    • II. Roads
      • a. with local labor
      • b. estimated cost: $500 million
  • B. Immediate and Sustainable Potable Water Systems
    • I. LifeStraw
      • a. Short Term solution
      • b. Total Cost: $27 Million / 3 Years
      • c. Personal Water Filtration System
    • II. Local Reservoir System
      • a. Long Term Solution
      • b. Dam Existing Rivers For:
        • 1. Flood Control
        • 2. Water Filtration (Figure 1.4)
          • (a.) filtration Systems can be built in to part of the damn, sectioned off as one outlet (with irrigation being the other)
        • 3. Irrigation Management (Figures 1.6, 1.7)
          • (a). Canal System
          • (b). built in to part of the dam, as a second expulsion outlet (with Filtration tanks being the other)
        • 4. Hydro-Electric Generation
        • 5. More Extensive Guide
        • 6. Part 2
  • C. Farmland
  • D. Alternate Energy (other than Hydro)
    • I. Biogas Plants to service Major Cities

*a AIDG Would Fund and manage the entire project, would also lay piping for sewage, and collect trash for free.



Rails: ~$6 Billion; We may be able to secure some funding from SNCF or even the European Union, and we could also sell stock publicly, making it similar to France's TGV Lines

Roads: $500 Million

Biogas: $0

Agroforestry: ~$100 per 2000 people: $500K total

Local Reservoir System:
Each Small Hydro Plant (including all functions, materials, installation) will cost (on average) under $15 million and generate about 25MW. Haiti's potential in MW is around 30000 from Small Hydro, meaning that the total project will cost around $15 Billion. I'm also suggesting that we add 2 or three large scale Hydro plants to service large cities, as well as laying pipes to transport the water. This brings the total cost up significantly, But a budget of around $50 Billion is not unrealistic. We have two options: we can socialize these projects, in which case we would bear the full cost of this project immediately, but we would start to see positive cumulative cash flow after about 10 years of operation at an individual site. The other option would be to allow for (and promote via tax reductions, etc.) private investment, in which case, investors would front the money for individual sites, but would also be accumulating the profits down the road. Each plant would probably generate around $1,000,000 per year, with that number dropping as electricity becomes more readily available, probably stabilizing between 300-400K after 30-35 years. Personally, I think we should encourage private investment, thus drastically reducing our budget, and making such an investment part of a land sale to foreign investors as well.

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