Haiti’s First Panamax Port Officially Opened


GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, has announced an inauguration event that Port Lafito, a modern container port in Haiti, is open and operational.

Port Lafito is Haiti’s first Panamax Port and the multi-million-dollar project, led by GB Group, is a private, public and international partnership between the Haitian government, the Haitian private sector and international financial institutions, including the Haitian State Bank – Banque Nationale de Credit S.A.

Reuven Bigio, CEO of GB Group, said: “Port Lafito will breathe new life into Haiti by creating new jobs, training for skilled labour, and encouraging foreign investment and development.

“This project will make a significant impact on the national economy and have a beneficial impact on the more than 10 million people that live here.”

Port Lafito partnered with SSA Marine, the world's largest independent and privately-held marine terminal operator, to oversee the port and terminal operations.

The port has also installed two Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbour cranes that are the first of their kind in the Caribbean and has also finalised agreements with Evergreen Marine and King Ocean Services to include Lafito as a port of call.

The opening of Port Lafito is one step toward the larger development of Lafito Global, an economic zone which will include the international port and terminal, an industrial free zone, a business park and residential area among more.

Fact File: GB Group is a leading, diversified group of industrial and trading companies in the Caribbean, with operations concentrated in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St. Maarten and offices in the US. Comprised of 21 companies from seven different divisions including agriculture, construction, consumer goods, infrastructure, energy, logistics and trading, GB Group collaborates with more than 4,000 employees and embraces managers from more than 15 countries companywide.

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