$50 million for the Caracol Industrial Park

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a $50 million grant to Haiti for the second phase of construction of the Caracol Industrial Park, a modern manufacturing facility that is being built in the North of the country.


The new grant includes funds for additional hydrological studies, as well as for hiring firms to manage and maintain the new facility and to monitor tenants’ compliance with labor laws, health and safety standards and social and environmental safeguards.


IDB resources are financing the construction of factory shells, administrative and residential buildings, internal roads, water and wastewater treatment plants, and utility connections.


The IDB expects to provide up to $180 million in grants over a six-year period for this new industrial park, which is being built on a 250-hectare plot of state-owned land. Once the project is completed, the facility could host as many as 40,000 workers in a region where there are few formal job opportunities.


Since the IDB made an initial grant of $55 million for the project in July 2011, the Caracol Industrial Park has welcomed its first tenant, a Korean textile manufacturer that has started to hire and train hundreds of workers to export garments to the United States.


Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI), the government agency that owns the new manufacturing facility and an older one in Port-au-Prince, is in talks with several foreign and local companies interested in establishing operations in northern Haiti. A Haitian paint manufacturer has already signed up to become the second tenant, with plans to hire as many as 300 workers.


IDB resources will also support a project, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility, to establish a protected area and marine natural park in the Caracol Bay, which features a large mangrove system.


In addition, the IDB is also providing assistance to strengthen SONAPI’s institutional capacity to attract more investors to Haiti.


These investments are being complemented by donations from the U.S. government, which financed the construction of a power generation plant for the industrial park that will have sufficient capacity to supply neighboring towns. U.S. resources are also financing the construction of hundreds of houses in a nearby community.


The Caracol Park, owned by the Haitian Government's "Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI)" and run by a private management firm, is projected to create 20,000 permanent jobs from Sae-A's investments alone. An estimated total of 65,000 jobs could be created in the Park with the arrival of other tenants and factory buildings. The Caracol Park represents an important economic priority identified by the Government of Haiti to spur the growth of jobs throughout the country and create economic opportunities beyond the capital Port-au-Prince.

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