A wealthy, self-made Haitian-American businessman has declared himself to be a candidate in Haiti's presidential elections later this year.

Dumarsais Simeus, who was raised in poverty in Haiti, has built a $100 million food empire and operates the largest minority-owned business in the US state of Texas. The 65-year-old Mr. Simeus is also a member of Florida Governor Jeb Bush's Haiti Task Force.

Mr. Simeus says that Haiti needs to be managed by a proven executive who knows how to operate a complex organization.

The businessman has lived in the United States for 44-years and holds dual citizenship in Haiti and the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.