Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 3 2013 -
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide $26.5 million in financing
to Turgeau Developments S.A to build a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince.
It will be one of the few sizable direct foreign investments in Haiti since
the 2010 earthquake and will create jobs, generate business opportunities
for small and midsize enterprises, promote sustainable growth in the tourism
industry, and contribute to the reconstruction of essential business infrastructure
destroyed by the earthquake.
IFC is syndicating the loan with FMO, the Dutch development bank. The 175-room
Marriott hotel will create about 300 jobs during construction and more
than 200 permanent jobs during operations. It will support additional indirect
jobs by sourcing building materials, food, beverages, transport and other
services from local businesses.
Digicel Limited, a long-time investor in Haiti, is the sponsor of Turgeau
Developments S.A., a special purpose company established for this project.
The hotel is expected to open in 2015 and will offer a complete package
of services and amenities.
“The Marriott brand is synonymous with high quality hospitality,” said
Colm Delves, Digicel CEO, “We are glad to help bring this flagship company
to Haiti and support the tourism sector, which is one of the government’s
priorities. Together with IFC, Digicel is helping rebuild critical business
infrastructure needed to attract further foreign investors.”
The new hotel will be operated in compliance with Marriott’s sustainability
criteria and has been designed to promote energy efficiency, life and fire
safety, and structural safety. It is the first hotel located in the Turgeau
district of Port-au-Prince, which was heavily damaged by the earthquake.
“Haiti has the fundamental conditions for sustainable economic growth,
including a competitive workforce, proximity to major markets, and unique
cultural and tourist attractions,” said Ary Naim, IFC Representative for
Haiti. “With our long-term financing support for this new and important
piece of business infrastructure, we are confirming our commitment and
confidence in Haiti’s future.”
IFC’s portfolio in Haiti amounts to $78.5 million, including $25.25 million
mobilized from other partners. We operate in sectors such as hospitality,
energy, financial markets, and manufacturing. Through our advisory programs
with the private sector and government we support access to finance, public-private
partnerships, improvements to Haiti’s investment climate, and programs
that make small and medium-sized enterprises more productive. Our strategy
focuses on creating jobs, access to basic infrastructure, and income opportunities
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
After 12 years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has over 12.9 million
customers across its 30 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the
Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service
and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific
sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions.
Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor
of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor
of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets
and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea
which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla,
Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin
Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French
Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru,
Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent
& the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks &
Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts
in the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.digicelgroup.com.
FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development
bank. FMO supports sustainable private sector growth in developing and
emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. FMO believes
a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering
people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. FMO focuses
on three sectors that have high development impact: financial institutions,
energy, and agribusiness, food & water. With an investment portfolio
of EUR 6.3 billion, FMO is one of the largest European bilateral private
sector development banks. For more information, visit www.fmo.nl