Doing business in Haiti: A roundtable with Haitian private sector leaders

Video conference roundtable event

15.00-16.30 GMT, 9 December 2015

London Teleport Video-conference Centre, 233 High Holborn, London WC1V 7DN

We are delighted to invite you to an event organised by the Caribbean Council to discuss the opportunities for trade and investment in Haiti. The meeting will be held via video conference with expert speakers joining us live from Haiti from the Haitian Trade and Investment agency (CFI), the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti (AMCHAM), and senior representatives from the Haitian private and public sector, as well as the London-based Haiti expert at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

This event will be valuable to any organisation currently investing or interested in doing business in the Caribbean and Haiti and will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from a senior panel of speakers, all of whom have a practical and in-depth knowledge of the business environment in Haiti. There will be a particular focus on infrastructure, agribusiness and IT.

The event will be chaired from the London venue by Mr Chris Bennett, Managing Director of the Caribbean Council, and the agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Haiti’s political and economic environment

Mark Keller, Analyst with expertise on Haiti, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Doing business in Haiti

Keren Marcellus, Deputy Director at the Haitian Trade and Investment agency (CFI)

Opportunities for foreign companies in agribusiness

Carl Mondé, Special Counselor at the Ministry of Agriculture

The private sector perspective: Running a successful business in Haiti

Gilbert Gonzales, Assistant Treasurer at the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and Vice-President of Café Rebo

Opportunities in infrastructure and the Lafito Port and Industrial Free Zone

Georges Sassine, General Manager at GB Group/ Lafito Industrial Free Zone

The experience of an IT entrepreneur in Haiti

Darragh Dolan, CEO at Surtab

Questions and Answers

Detailed biographies for our private sector speakers can be found at the end of this email.

Tickets to this event are offered at  £50 + VAT per person but discounts are available for members or partner organisations. Numbers are limited, so please do register your interest as soon as possible by emailing juan.perez@caribbean-council.org

Detailed biographies of the private sector speakers

Gilbert Gonzales, Assistant Treasurer at the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and Vice-President of Café Rebo

Mr Gonzales, with of 19 years of experience doing business in Haiti, is the Assistant Treasurer at the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti and holds a number of management positions in Haitian companies, including Café Rebo. The company is part of REBO S.A, an agro-industrial corporation which produces peanut butter, preserves and fruit jams and is involved in importing and distributing various commodities.

Georges Sassine, General Manager at GB Group/ Lafito Industrial Free Zone

Mr Sassine is the General Manager of one of Haiti’s largest infrastructure projects, Port Lafito. The project, which is considered to be the centrepiece of the Lafito Industrial Free Zone, will be Haiti’s first Panamax Port. The multi-purpose terminal will be the deepest port in the country and will handle containerised and loose-bulk cargo with state of the art equipment and software. For more information about the project, please click here

Darragh Dolan, CFO at Surtab /COO at RE-VOLT SA

Darragh Dolan, founding CFO and advisor of Surtab, a Tablet and PC brand founded in Haiti in 2013 which produces affordable and durable tablet PCs. Mr Dolan, who is one of the best examples of successful entrepreneurship in Haiti and the Caribbean, is also Chief Operating Officer at RE-VOLT, S.A, an off-grid utility company that provides affordable, reliable electricity to the people of Haiti.