Daniel Rouzier

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Daniel Rouzier
Born Daniel-Gérard Rouzier
Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Residence Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Nationality Haitian
Education Economics
Alma mater Dartmouth College[1]
Georgetown University[1]
Occupation Economist, entrepreneur, philanthropist[2]
Organization Food For The Poor (NGO)[2]
Notable work Vision or Illusion; The Might of the Ideas; Faith, Love, and Hope
Board member of Sun Auto, E-Power, PromoCapital Bank
Spouse(s) Karine Abraham Rouzier
Children 3[1][3]
Parent(s) Gérard Raoul Rouzier (father)
Marie-Hélène Brun (mother)
Relatives Fabrice Rouzier (brother)

Daniel Gérard Rouzier (b. Pétion-Ville, 1960) is a Haitian tycoon. Rouzier runs several companies in different sectors in Haiti, including car dealers,[2] and an electric power company;[1] and is member of the executive board of PromoCapital; a Haitian bank.[4] Rouzier is member of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).[2]

Biography[edit]

Born into an elite mulatto family, Rouzier was alumnus of Institution Saint-Louis de Gonzague, the most prestigious school in Haiti. His father, Gérard Rouzier, was a jurist, president of the Haitian Football Federation, Vice President of CONCACAF,[2] and Minister of Sports and Youth in the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier in the 1970s.[4][5] One of his siblings is the renowned pianist Fabrice Rouzier.

Rouzier graduated from the management and accounting at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University in the United States.[1][4][6] He is an avid football player and a bibliophile. Rouzier, who has authored three books, owns one of the most complete libraries of Haiti,[3] and serves as a regular contributor to Haitian daily newspapers.[7] Rouzier is a philanthropist,[2] vice-president of the Haitian chapter of Food for the Poor[4] and has provided food, housing, medical services, education to poor families within Haiti.[7]

Politics[edit]

Rouzier was a supporter of the 2004 coup d’etat that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide for the second time,[4] and accused him to be “one of the most violent rulers Haiti ever had,” and argued that Aristide’s “only intent seems to have only been to replace the dictators that preceded him rather than to promote real change in Haiti.”[4] In 2010, he was appointed as Honorary Consul from Jamaica to Haiti.[7][8] On 15 May 2011, he was appointed Prime Minister by President Michel Martelly the day after his inauguration,[3][9] but the Chamber of Deputies of Haiti, dominated by the Opposition, rejected his nomination on 21 June 2011[8] for allegedly paying only $600 in taxes during a five-year span while earning hundreds of millions of dollars.[10] President Martelly has expressed disappointment with the deputies, but he accepted it.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Rouzier married Karine Abraham and had three children. In 2005, his wife was kidnapped and held for more than ten days; Abraham was released after the payment of a ransom and has lived abroad since then, in order to undergo therapy because of psychological problems due to this event.[2]

Publications[edit]

  • Vision ou Illusion (2000)
  • Le Pouvoir des Idees (2002)
  • Foi, Amour et Espoir (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Haiti - Politic : Michel Martelly has designated Daniel-Gérard Rouzier as Prime Minister". Haïti Libre. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profil du Premier ministre désigné Daniel Gérard Rouzier". Le Matin (in French). 23 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "El empresario Daniel Gerard Rouzier es nombrado primer ministro de Haití". El Mundo (in Spanish). Port-au-Prince. AFP. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Daniel Gérard Rouzier: Neoliberal champion to be tapped for premier". HaitianAlysis.com. 12 May 2011. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Análisis: Negocian ratificación de candidato a primer ministro en Haití" (in Spanish). Pueblo en Línea - People’s Daily - 人民日报. Retrieved 7 May 2014. Hijo del ministro de Deportes y de la Juventud durante el mandato de facto de Jean Claude Duvalier, Gérard Raoul Rouzier proviene de una familia vinculada a la política. 
  6. ^ "Martelly Chooses Daniel-Gérard Rouzier to be Prime Minister". defend.ht. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Daniel Rouzier Appointed as Honorary Consul for Jamaica to Haiti". Coconut Creek, Florida: Food for the Poor. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Cámara rechaza a Daniel Rouzier". Listín Diario (in Spanish). Port-au-Prince. Agencia EFE. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Haiti - Politic : Martelly chooses Daniel Rouzier as Prime Minister". Haiti Libre. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Maxime, Samuel, ed. (9 July 2017). ""Energy Mafioso" against China's $2B Plan to Electrify Haiti". Haiti Sentinel. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Haiti parliament rejects President Martelly's PM choice". BBC News. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2014.