Port au Prince, Haiti, May 7, 2013
– IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is hosting a Corporate Governance
conference in Port au Prince today aimed at helping Haitian firms and family-owned
businesses develop sound corporate governance practices to operate more
efficiently, improve their access to capital, and manage their risks effectively.
The conference brings together more than 30 companies from across Haiti’s
private sector to share knowledge and best practices on the value of corporate
governance. Participants such as the IFC-supported Leopard Haiti Fund,
the country’s first private equity fund; E-Power, an IFC client that has
boosted Port au Prince’s energy supply; the Haitian Bankers Association;
and the Haitian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will discuss corporate
governance from the investor and company perspectives.
“At Leopard Capital we play a role in helping business owners develop
their governance systems,” said Thierry Bungener, Managing Partner and
Country Head of the Leopard Haiti Fund LP. “We see corporate governance
as an important tool in supporting Haitian family-owned businesses to attract
needed investment, grow in a sustained manner, and partner with regional
and international businesses.”
Well-run companies are better able to respond to competitive challenges
and legitimate stakeholder concerns. Corporate governance, which is defined
as the system by which companies are directed and controlled, contributes
to development by improving access to capital. This encourages new investments,
boosts economic growth, and provides employment opportunities.
“IFC’s global corporate governance team has a long track record of helping
companies of all sizes build the conditions necessary for long-term success,”
said Ary Naim, IFC Representative in Haiti. “In Haiti, where family-owned
businesses are the backbone of the economy, good corporate governance can
make a big difference in helping entrepreneurs grow their companies, while
also strengthening the country’s economy.”
IFC’s portfolio in Haiti amounts to $52 million, including $13 million
mobilized from other partners. We operate in sectors such as hospitality,
energy, access to finance, and manufacturing. Our strategy focuses on creating
jobs, access to basic infrastructure, and income opportunities for Haitians.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.