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Official Expo Guide

HRA 2014 - 5th Annual Business Investment Expo & Conference - January 17-18, 2014

Karibe Hotel & Convention Center, PĂŠtionville, Haiti Connecting you to opportunities

Official expo guide A Signature Event of the Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA)


Dear Participants: Welcome to the HRA 2014 Business Investment Expo & Conference! The Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA) and its partners: Embassy of Haiti (Washington DC), Center for Facilitation of Investment in Haiti (CFI), Governor’s Commission on Caribbean Affairs (Maryland), American Chambers of Commerce in Haiti (AmCham-Haiti), The New York Consulate of Haiti, the Haitian Round Table, and Ayiti Demain Organization (ADO), welcome you to the Haiti edition of the 2014 HRA Business Investment Expo & Conference. For the past four years, HRA has been at the forefront of promoting “Haiti is Open for Business” in the Diaspora. After four successful conventions in the United States, HRA has chosen Pétionville, Haiti as its first international convention. Our team is proud to launch Haiti’s first Diaspora-led Business Investment Exposition designed to engage entrepreneurs and investors to connecting them to opportunities in Haiti. The HRA Expo is designed with you in mind. HRA is hosting over 50 speakers and over 60 exhibitors from at least 5 nations from around the world. HRA is showcasing a wide selection of products and services from a diverse range of sectors including construction, energy, agriculture, IT, telecommunications, financials and much more. HRA has prepared a very robust and informative program. HRA encourages you to take advantage of your time here, make it productive, network, and create partnerships that will make us a stronger community. HRA staff stands ready to serve you. Should you need any assistance, stop by the information table in the lobby or see any member of our staff. As we celebrate our 210th independence, let us embrace this new realm of possibility to transform our great nation from an aid dependent state into the historic beacon of hope and freedom she once represented to the world. Thank you for being an inspiration and taking this journey with HRA!

Firmin Backer President, Haiti Renewal Alliance


Dear conference attendee: The Haitian Diaspora continues to play a significant role in Haiti’s economy by sending about 25% of GDP in remittances every year. This amounts to about $2 billion in capital sent to pay for expenditures such as school, food, telephone, healthcare, rent and more. Though such remittances are important for families in Haiti, the time has come for a more engaged Diaspora with Investments in the country, thereby creating jobs and wealth. In addition, the Diaspora can play another significant with Haiti’s GDP growth through tourism, whether it is adventure focused, history or just sun, sand and beach. The Diaspora can use many organizations based in the US, such as HRA which based in DC, or local Haitian American Chambers of Commerce located in Florida, New York, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Such organizations and associations are “key” in assisting the Diaspora in networking, and hopefully creating companies to invest in the country, rather than a small company headed by 1 investor with limited capital to invest. In Haiti, the Diaspora has access to the American Chamber of Commerce in Haiti as a network, as well as the other local Chambers and Associations. We recommend the Diaspora to organize itself, establish the key contacts with the private sector in the US and Haiti, in order to make more sound investment decisions locally. We look forward to an upswing in Diaspora led investments in Haiti in 2014, especially in the outskirts of the country. Such investments will be a welcome addition following Haiti’s economy rebound with a 4% GDP growth in 2013 according to the CFI and a 25% gain in FDI. The HRA conference is a great Forum for the Diaspora and the local private sector to network, eliminate barriers to invest, and push the country forward.

Philippe Saint-Cyr Executive Director, Amcham Haiti


Expo program at a glance

Plenary Session

Thursday, January 16 04:00 PM – 07:00 PM 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Exhibitor’s move in Room - Acajou Opening Reception (by invitation only) Room - Cattleya

Friday, January 17 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Registration Court Yard

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Breakfast networking Room - Bamboo

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Remarks Exhibitor’s Pavilion Room - Acajou

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Conference Sessions Room - Cattleya, Ginger

10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Business Exposition Exhibitor’s Pavilion Room - Acajou

06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Entrepreneurs Happy Hour Coin Nadim — Royal Oasis Hotel

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Opening Reception, Room - Cattleya Firmin Backer, President, HRA Phillipe St.Cyr, Executive Director, AmCham Andy Rene, Director, Center for Facilitation of Investment (CFI) Yvanka Jolicœur, Mayor of Petionville, Haiti

Friday January 17, 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Remarks, Room - Exhibitor’s Pavilion, Acajou Firmin Backer, President, HRA Angelo Viard, CEO, VCS Mining Marie Erlande Steril, Mayor, North Miami, USA

Key Note Ambassador Pamela White, US Embassy, HAITI

Saturday, January 18 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Registration Court Yard

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Breakfast networking Room - Bamboo

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Remarks Exhibitor’s Pavilion Room - Bamboo

09:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Conference Sessions Room - Cattleya, Ginger

10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Business Exposition Exhibitor’s Pavilion Room - Acajou

07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

VIP Reception (by invitation only) Room Cattleya

Saturday, January 18, 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Remarks, Room - Exhibitor’s Pavilion, Acajou Nathalie Liautaud, Pan-American Development Foundation Harold Charles, CEO, CEEPCO Didier Fils-Aime, President CCIH Closing Remarks, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Fedrique Pierre, Country Director, Haiti Renewal Alliance


Conference Sessions —Friday, January 17, 10:00 AM—5:00 Room/Salle - Cattleya

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Facilitator Yves Carr Momperousse, Kreyol Essence

01:00 PM – 2:30 PM Facilitator Régine Barjon, BioTek Solutions

The Role of Women in Economic Development Panelists Haitian women have been successful entrepreneurs and investors fueling economic development. This session will highlight the role of women in Haiti's development, their innovation and entrepreneurship. The panel of dynamic women leaders will focus on strategies to empower women to break out of poverty and spotlight programs that help women entrepreneurs launch and capitalize startups and small businesses, and train the next generation.

Agri-Business Private Sector Panel: Improving Food Supply Chain Value

Danielle St. Lot, Ambassador at Large Gladys Coupet, BUH Phelicia Dell, Veve Collection Esther Guillaume, Formatel Center Maguy Durce, Mag Art


Agricultural production in Haiti represents 30% of David Fairman, Jamaica Boilers GDP and employs up to 50% of the work force, mostly dedicated to subsistence farming. This session is a Gilbert Gonzales, Café Rebo private sector update of agribusiness, Investment opportunities in the sector including solutions to supply chain development and management of reRussell Burt, RENUFUEL sources. Eddy Daniels, Agro Industries

03:30 PM – 5:00 PM Facilitator Angelo Viard, VCS Mining

Competing in the 21st Century Global Market Place The private sector is the engine of development and major contributor of job creation. This session will examine various indicators impacting the growth of the Haitian Economy.

Panelists Cedric Chauvet, American Chamber of Commerce-Haiti Leo Williams, Jamaica Agricultural Exchange Dr. Joseph Baptiste, Maryland Governor Commission for Caribbean Affairs Andy Rene, Center for Facilitating Investment (CFI)


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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Facilitator Régine Barjon, BioTek Solutions

01:00 PM – 2:30 PM Facilitator Albert Decady, Global Investment Group

Innovative Solutions to Food Security Priorities Ministry of Agriculture Nationally, ~ 3 million Haitians, a third of the population, is estimated to be food insecure. There are numerous investment opportunities in this sector to improve local food production and to reduce the impact of imports. This session is a govt update of the agricultural sector, current priorities, investment incentives and initiatives to combat Haiti's food security challenges.

The Role of the Diaspora in Haiti's Economic Development Highlighting best practices and success stories, this session will discuss the role of the Diaspora in strengthening Haiti's economy. We will examine business development strategies, priorities, and investment opportunities.


Fresner Dorcin, Secretaire D'etat MADNR Fritz A Jean, President Chambre de Commerce du Nord Est

Panelists Harold Charles, CEEPCO Katlheen Felix, HHTARG / ZAFEN Ron Duprat, International Chef Claude Alexandre, La Haiti Development

Group. S.A Myrtha Desulme, Haiti Jamaica Society

03:30 PM – 5:00 PM Facilitator Dr. Bénédique Paul, Centre d’Entrepreneuriat et d’innovation, Univeristé Quisqueya

Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Haiti’s Untapped Treasure This session will focus on an adaptive approach to create value and business investment through various types of entrepreneurship programs. Entrepreneurs will share theoretical and practical testimonies of frugal innovations and other opportunities through direct and Diaspora partnership investment opportunities.

Panelists Etzer Emile, University of Quisqueya Dumond Gerard Max, Koktel Lakay Fleurenceau Felicien, Ma Fortune Poullailer Mathias Pierre, GaMa/Kaytek Nadia Cherrouk, PADF





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Conference Sessions — Saturday, January 18, 9:30 AM—4 Room/Salle - Cattleya

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Facilitator Cleve Mesidor, Economic Development Consultant

Current Trend in Haiti’s Business & Banking Legislation In this session, successful professionals discuss how banking and legislation are fueling business and investment decisions in Haiti. Highlighting key indicators, best practices and success stories, the panel will focus on strategies to inform investors on legislation and programs to encourage startups and small businesses.


Jocelem Privert, Senateur Bernard Gousse, Business Reform Commission Gesly Leveque, Banque Populaire Haitienne Hughes Joseph, Ministry of Commerce

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Investors’ Tank


Inspired by the hit show “Shark Tank”, this session is for entrepreneurs with proposal /projects seeking funding (via grants or investors). Entrepreneurs will pitch their project to venture capitalists and investors in order to receive funding. Investors will judge the quality of the project to determine likelihood of receiving funding.

Marc St. Clair, Haiti Ventures

Judges Regine Alexandre, LEAD/PADF Jean Orelien, SciMetrika Robert H. Hines, Maverick Capital Claudine Francois, YUNUS Social Business Albert Decady, Green Investment Group

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Facilitator Reginald Canal The Medici Group


Business of Tourism – Serving A New Generation of Travelers As Haiti embarks on developing and promoting itself as an emerging up and coming tourism destination in the Caribbean, branding and marketing to attract a new generation of travelers is crucial in this competitive industry. This session will highlight key innovative branding and marketing strategies to fuel economic growth in the tourism sector. Our panel of experts will describe best practices that tourism sector professionals can establish to lure new target markets to Haiti: Haitian diaspora, Gen X and Y, social entrepreneurs, eco-tourists, jetsetters, hipsters and potential investors.


Richard Buteau, Haiti Tourism Association Davidson Toussaint, Haiti Tours Athena Kolbe, Enstiti Pou Travay Sosyal ak Syans

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Room/Salle - Ginger

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Facilitator Natalie Liautaud, PADF

Project Financing Opportunities Obtaining access to capital to grow businesses is one of the biggest problems faced by small, medium enterprises (SME) in Haiti. These businesses are drivers of employment and job creation. This session will discuss how to access capital, retain existing cash flow from operations in order to start, grow and expand SMEs.


Claudine Francois , YUNUS Social Business Jeffrey D. Powell, Maverick Capital Fils-Aimé Jempsy, FOMIN/ IADB Mamadou Deme, Haiti Reconstruction Fund, World Bank Jeffrey D. Powell, Maverick Capital

Special presentation: Embassy of Mexico

02:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Facilitator Veronique Pluvoise, Mayet

Energy & Infrastructure - The Key to Economic Development Infrastructure is the key to economic development. This session will explore types of infrastructure opportunities and challenges for investors including energy, transportation, airports, technology, water resources management, and other sustainable urban development.


Dr. Renée Jean Jumeau, Ministry of Energy Dr. Kit Miyamoto, Miyamoto International Dr. Abdellatif Obaid, UQAM

Marc Bautil, Besix Global


Entrepreneur Happy Hour, Coin Nadim, Royal Oasis Hotel, Friday, January 17th 6:00 PM —9:00 PM - Open to Public 11

Our Partners

Our Sponsors Principal Sponsor

Our Volunteers

Cleve Mesidor

Albert Decady

Angelo Viard

Yves-Carr Momperrousse

Regine Barjon

Marc St Clair

Paul Gardi Destin

Gary Destin

Reginald Canal

Princesse Backer

Marguerite Pierre

Frannecia Hyppolite

Myriame Guichard

Myrtho Reveil

Nathalie Jean

Pharana Paula Auguste

Ester Marie Raphael

Atalie Emile

Nicolas Emile

Johnny Mathurin

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About HRA Board Members: Firmin Backer, Chairman Dr. Magalie Emile-Backer, Member Nathalie Liautaud, Member Dr. Yves Rene Jennings, Member Dr. Joseph Baptiste, Member Dr. Kit Miyamoto, Member Gilbert Hippolyte, Member Fritz Clairvil, Member Christine Herridge, Member HRA TEAM Firmin Backer, President Dr. Magalie Emile-Backer, VP Program Development & Expo Director Martine Charles, Chief Financial Officer Dr. Marlene St. Phard-Shaw, Director of Communication Veronique Pluviose, Legal Advisor Ludvic Paillere, Director of Sales & Marketing Fedrique Pierre, Country Director Nickson St. Hillaire, Director of Operations Robert Pursley, Director of Human Resources Nadelyn Backer, Project Manager Sarah Williamson, Project Manager Blondine Alexandre, Project Manager Ingride Seraphin, Executive Assistant

Contact information: HRA-US PO Box 7621 Washington, DC 20004 202-379-4732 HRA-Haiti Fédrique Pierre 509-3144-9595

The Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Its vision is to see a Haiti connected to the Global Market Place as a self-sustained economy. Through collaboration and partnerships, HRA will advance the capacity of Haiti by promoting investment, business development, and economic growth. The Business Investment Expo & Conference is an HRA signature event that convenes industries, multiple stakeholders, the private sector, government, civil society, and the Diaspora. This exposition helps to identify opportunities and provide a venue for engagement and partnership for investment. Through its network, HRA leverages Diaspora resources to connect business developers with potential investors; promotes collaborative and transparent information sharing platforms ; and brokers deals between Diaspora entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Recently, HRA launched the Alliance Institute for Business Innovation which incubates and develops ideas into businesses; build the capacity of Haitian SMEs by providing training, mentorship and knowledge sharing. HRA promotes: 

Critical thinking and targeted results

Idea exchanges and independent thinking

Creativity and innovation

Excellence in all aspects and at all levels

Collaboration and shared responsibility

Sustainable, strategic social change for economic empowerment

HRA volunteers provide pro bono and in-kind professional consulting services in support of its mission.


Washington, DC Edition

Friday, June 6th - Saturday, June 7th, 2014 Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C. 20001 For more information visit the HRA EXPO Information booth or Visit