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Many aspects affect the way international business is conducted Differences in the social cultural economic legal and political conditions of the country affect international business procedures in different levels and degree depending on the countries infrastructure and relationship Social differences range from a countrys income per consumer literacy rates religious beliefs and code of ethics Social conditions affect the way companies conduct business and the development and promotion of products Social differences in Haiti post serious threats to its international business success and the countrys ability to change its economic trend With a huge wealth gap between the impoverished and wealthy the countrys collapsed infrastructure and corrupt judicial system low literacy rates not to mention its unconventional religious beliefs social conditions are dramatically different than most international markets Hurdles for businesses in Haiti include poor infrastructure a high-cost port an irregular supply of electricity and customs delays Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Cultural differences also have an impact on business functions such as customer service management and business decision-making Cultures vary in their attitude toward property use of resources division of labor and how companies conduct business Marketers must sometimes adopt their campaign strategy depending on the culture and language Language differences can lead to problems for companies when marketing slogans and concepts dont translate well Cultural differences in Haiti exist within the country itself French is one of two official languages but it is spoken by only about 10 of the people All Haitians speak Creole the countrys other official language English is increasingly spoken among the young and in the business sector The state religion is Roman Catholicism although some Haitians have converted to Protestantism through the work of missionaries active throughout the country Roughly half of the population also practices voodoo traditions Haitians tend to see no conflict in these African-rooted beliefs coexisting with Christian faiths Though Haitians place a high value on education few can afford
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