Fritz Alphonse Jean (born 1956) is a notable Haitian economist, politician and writer who served as governor of the Banque de la République d’Haïti from 1998 until 2001. Since 2012, he is the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Professions of Nord-Est. and is part of the national commemoration committee of the 100-year anniversary of the United States occupation of Haiti.
Early life and education
Fritz Jean was born in Cap-Haïtien. He originates from the nearby commune of Sainte-Suzanne, Nord-Est, where he spent many childhood summers and with which he maintains strong ties. Fritz Jean studied economics and mathematics in the United States, in New York at Fordham University and the New School for Social Research before returning to pursue his professional career in Haiti.
Jean spent several years (1987–91) at the Université d’Etat d’Haïti (UEH) in Port-au-Prince as a professor and consultant before moving on to general economic consulting work in the Haitian public and private sectors. In 1996 he was named vice-governor of the Banque de la République d’Haïti, a post he held for two years. In February 1998, under the René Préval government, he was named governor of Haiti’s central bank where he remained in office until August 2001.
Later on, between 2005–09 he was dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Political science at the Université Notre Dame d’Haïti. Passionate about the future of the Haitian youth, Jean also served as president of YMCA-Haiti from 2007 until 2010. Jean speaks Haitian Creole, French and English fluently.
On March 20, 2016, the lower house of the chamber of deputies of Haiti’s parliament rejected the general policy of Fritz Jean. He did not received the confidence vote by the majority of deputies.
1. “Haiti – the end of an economic history” (original title in French: “Haïti – la fin d’une histoire économique”) is an economical and historical overview of Haiti published in 2013, sold and distributed in Haiti
2. “Amethys – open wounds” (original title in French: “Améthys – Plaies Ouvertes”) is Jean’s first novel, written in French, that follows the adventures of a young boy living in Cap-Haitien.
- “Chambers by department”. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- HaitiLibre. “Haiti – Economy : Installation of the 1st Support Service for Businesses in Ouanaminthe”. HaitiLibre. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Jean, Fritz (September 2005). Améthys – Plaies Ouvertes. Port-au-Prince: Imprimerie H. Deschamps. ISBN 99935-2-902-8.
- Devillers, Carole. “Assises de la Société Civile du Marien sur la préservation de l’art Taïno”. Le Nouveliste. le Nouveliste. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Jean, Fritz (May 2013). Haïti – la fin d’une histoire économique. Port-au-Prince. ISBN 978-99970-4-089-3.
- Joachim, Dieudonné (25 March 2014). “Fritz Jean Dénonce les Inégalités et l’accumulation”. Le Nouveliste. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- Verroneau, Sophie. “Haiti – Fin d’une histoire économique (FRITZ JEAN)”. www.parlonsaffaires.ht. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- “BRH – Gallery of Governors”. BRH – Banque de la République d’Haïti.
- “YMCA Haiti – Our History”. YMCA Haiti. YMCA d’Haïti.
- “Founders & Investors”. Haitian Stock Exchange. Haitian Stock Exchange. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- “Breaking News: Haiti’s designated Prime Minister did not receive confidence vote of Parliament”. www.hougansydney.com. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- “Haiti Breaking News: Enex Jean Charles designated as new Prime minister”. www.hougansydney.com. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
- Lahens, Wébert. “Fritz Jean la fin d’une histoire économique”. le Nouveliste. Le Nouveliste. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
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