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For investors, Haiti remains a tough environment

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -

Some expatriates and people of Haitian descent who glimpsed opportunity in helping rebuild the impoverished country are running into problems.

   New businesses have opened throughout Haiti since a January 2010 earthquake devastated much of the country, and the government promises more development is coming.

The administration of Haitian President Michel Martelly has made attracting foreign investment a top priority, using the motto "Haiti is open for business."

   But people like Nickson Touissant, who returned to Haiti from Washington, D.C. with dreams of opening a small hotel, have not received the loans they need to build.

Touissant's problems demonstrate the struggles would-be business owners face even as Haiti's government courts businesses.

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