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IFC Invests in Haiti Hotel to Support Essential Business Infrastructure, Job Creation and Tourism


In Port-au-Prince, Haiti:
Jennifer Fievre, IFC

Phone: 509-3798-0817

E-mail:
Jfievre@ifc.org

In Washington, DC:

Vanessa Bauza, IFC

Phone: +1 202-458-1603

E-mail:
Vbauza@ifc.org


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 for Haitians.


About IFC

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.

About Digicel

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.

About FMO

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


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