Here is a picture of Les Allumettes Haitiennes LAHSA Gonaives
Gonaives, a home of sixty thousand people, is famous for two products: malaria and matchsticks. 'Les Allumettes Haitiennes S.A', was a single match factory in Gonaives; it was a place where about 30 people were employed to make matchsticks from the planks of New Orleans aspen and Colombian poplar. The factory started with the dumped stock of Swedish and Czechoslovakian matches that arrived Gonaives by ship from Miami. 'Pierrot,' the last owner of 'Les Allumettes Haitiennes S.A' used to spend hours in the factory building full of phosphorus smells. He inherited the business from Pierre Léon St Rémy, his father, a great trader of Gonaives. The local residents still prefer to call this 1.4 acre match factory property by its old name "Les Allumettes Haitiennes SA". However, because of government corruption and civil unrest the business was forced to move to India 30 years ago. In India, it still produces 90% of the matches sold in Haiti today.
Here is a picture of the cement plant in Gonaives, Siman Lakay
In an article published (August 2012 issue) in the Global Cement Magazine, it was said that Haiti is blessed with natural limestone, essential to produce good quality cement. However, so far Haiti was deprived of its natural advantage because there was no proper infrastructure or any investor to fund and realize such advantage. There is good news. With 'Siman Lakay', a $300 million project, Haiti can produce a good part of its requirements (4.5 million tons per year) and generate enough employment (about 2,200) of diversified skills. 'Siman Lakay' is a new cement plant, has a production capacity of 2 million tons per annum, going to be built in the "La Pierre" locality of Gonaives. The project has come into existence after more than one year's hard work and technical studies by Mr. Bestgen Jérôme, the Honorary Consul of Haiti in Belgium, and it could never have been possible without the support of foreign and Haitian investors.
Here is a picture of the Haitian American Sugar Company, Hasco.
Haitian American Sugar Company (HASCO) closed its doors in 1987, putting 3,500 refinery workers out of work. Dominican smugglers, able to bypass a government tax, caused the selling of refined sugar to plummet, making HASCO bankrupt.
President Duvalier ordered HASCO to stop refining sugar, while his government imported refined sugar at global market prices, making a profit when it resold it.
HASCO, in hock for $7.6 million, paid workers off with a borrowed $1.5 million.
Here is a picture of the Usine Sucriere Citadelle (Welsh) in Limonade that closed its doors in 1990 for lack of efficiency and productivity.
Also closed were the Haitian American Sugar Company (HASCO), the Usine Sucriere des Cayes (USC)
With the closing of there major sugar refineries in the country, Haiti is no longer a sugar producing country anymore.
Here is a picture of the president of Chamber of Commerce and industry in haiti, Mr. R ginald Boulos.
He was one of the people who fought not to raise the minimum salary in Haiti. Doctor R ginald Boulos who represents the private sector in Haiti does not want to adjust the minimum salary. He agues that this current salary helps to create jobs in Haiti
In February 1926, Andre De Coppet, a wealthy Wall Street financier decided to produce sisal in Haiti.This is a fiber useful for products like rope and binder twine and Haiti soil and climate was ideal for it, he decided to grow it in the area around the city of Fort Liberty.
During the 1950's, the world market price for sisal fiber declined to reach an all time low in 1970. Plantation Dauphin was losing money. Finally, it was closed
Established in 2008 to help Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, the Government of the United States gave Haiti something that other countries would only dream of. It is access to the US market, the biggest in the world. The HOPE Act provides for duty-free access for up to 70 million square meter equivalents (SME) of knit apparel (with some t-shirt and sweatshirt exclusions) and 70 million SMEs of woven apparel from Haiti.
There are some requirements to be qualified under the HOPE Act; however, this is an opportunity that can actually bring economic development for Haiti only if it uses it smartly
This is the picture of the area in Haiti that will become part of economic engine of the country.
Ganthier is the target for the next Industrial Park in Haiti. This new industrial park will be located Outside of the Haitian Capital, Port-au-Prince and will be able to provide employment to many who are currently unemployed in the region
What you are looking at is a building that was used by Dauphin Plantation in North of Haiti for the production of Sisal and Fiber Rope.
Since Dauphin Plantation was the main employer of the region of Caracol and the entire North section of Haiti, when the company closed, the entire region suffered.
Here is a celebration to mark that the unveiling of the first stones for Caracol Industrial Park in the Northern part of Haiti in December 2011. The new 605-acre industrial park is expected to attract 65,000 jobs and was created as a result of the HOPE Act which offers duty-free access to the U.S. market. The park is estimate to cost $257 million and the major players include South Korean textile firm, Sae-A Trading Co Ltd that intends to create its own textile mill, the first ever in Haiti, with knitting and dyeing facilities. The U.S. government as well as IDB are also participating are some major investors.