GB Group has announced that Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, is now open and operational.
The recent inauguration event hosted Haitian dignitaries, government officials and partners that made the critical infrastructure project possible.
Port Lafito is Haiti’s first Panamax Port with state of the art equipment and technology.
“Port Lafito will breathe new life into Haiti by creating new jobs, training for skilled labor, 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,” said Reuven Bigio, CEO of GB Group.
The port partnered with SSA Marine, the world’s largest independent and privately-held marine terminal operator, to oversee the port and terminal operations. In addition, Port Lafito installed two Liebherr LHM 420 mobile harbor cranes that are the first of their kind in the Caribbean and finalized agreements with Evergreen Marine and King Ocean Services to include Lafito as a port of call.
Official opening of Port Lafito is one step toward the larger development of Lafito Global, an economic zone which will include the international port & terminal, an industrial free zone, a business park and residential area among more.
The development of Lafito Global will drive the creation of more than 25,000 new jobs in Haiti by 2020, foster a new vibrant economic social center, establish attractive regional logistics and become an industrial hub for the Caribbean.