Q&A: Siméus Discusses Presidential Campaign
BE100s CEO believes his business acumen can help turn Haiti around economically
By Cliff Hocker
BE100s CEO Back on Haiti Presidential Ballot
With nearly two months left before Haiti's presidential election, BE100s CEO Dumarsais “Dumas” Siméus, 65, sat down with BLACK ENTERPRISE, in an exclusive interview to discuss his campaign.
Q: Why are you running for president?
A: My campaign is the result of a draft movement which started a couple of years ago and culminated last spring as a large group of delegations called on me in Texas to return to the land of my birth and lead Haiti in a new direction. I am running because I believe I can put together a team which will bring a new beginning to my birth country in a time of crisis.
Q: What makes you qualified for the presidency?
A: My life ex
periences, as well as my business experiences, are unique among all the candidates and provide me with a new perspective on how to turn Haiti around. My specialty at TLC Beatrice was turnarounds-going into companies that were not producing as they should have been and making the changes needed to bring profits back to where the investors needed them to be. I was born in a small mud hut in rural Haiti with no running water or electricity. I understand the life most people in Haiti lead and the struggles they face to receive the most basic necessities like clean water, an education, and good healthcare.
Q: How do you plan to fix Haiti's problems?
A: Haiti doesn't need more politics. We need a leader with business know-how to turn around a broken economy and repair broken spirits crippled by a life of daily struggle. Haiti today cries out for new leadership with new ideas to bring it all together. We've tried the politics of violence, poverty, anger, envy, hatred, and greed. I will bring hard work,
unity, hope, concern, success, and love. Haiti needs new leadership to build the Haitian dream. During my career, I have created jobs, put food on the table, and made healthcare a priority. I have done this in businesses throughout the world and in the charitable foundation I established in 1999 in Haiti. I want to build that dream for every Haitian family.
Q: What will be your agenda if you win the presidency?
A: My first three priorities are jobs, jobs, and jobs! I have a draft plan which will immediately be established to set Haiti on a path for socioeconomic recovery. Some of the wisest minds in economics and finance today, including a team from my alma mater, the University of Chicago, will be working with me once I am sworn in as president.
Q: If you're elected, what will happen with Siméus Foods International ?
A: I have an experienced and highly capable team of leaders who have worked with me for years and understand my vision for the future of my company. Our customers and invest
ors know that the company is in very capable hands.