Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 27, 2010
– IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and its local training partner
Société Financière Haïtienne de Développement S.A., or SOFIHDES, have expanded
the availability of IFC Business Edge in Haiti, bringing the specialized
management and skills training program for the first time to microentrepreneurs
outside of Port-au-Prince.
The program reached 70 participants in the Institut National pour le Développement
et la Promotion de la Couture, or INDEPCO, value chain, the largest network
of microentrepreneurs in Haiti’s garment sector, with 600 workshops in
32 cities throughout the country. Business Edge is expected to strengthen
these businesses’ internal structures and help them grow, creating employment
opportunities and promoting economic growth in the country.
“Deepening partnerships to promote small business development is an important
priority in Haiti. IFC is working with donors and partners to help small
businesses get back on track, as they have a key role to play in making
a more sustainable contribution to the local economy,” said Ary Naim,
IFC Country Representative for the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
IFC Business Edge offers high-quality training tools from the global market,
tailored to meet local needs, helping small businesses improve their efficiency
and profitability. Since the program was launched in Haiti in 2009, it
has reached more than 700 participants.
Jean-Robert Elvéus, a Business Edge participant from Saint Marc said: “This
training helped me understand what an effective manager really is. Now
I know I must communicate, approach my staff, make them understand that
we are equal.”
“Business Edge training is significantly different from others. It is
more practical, and more democratic. It is also important to highlight
the expertise of the trainer,” added Philogène Mesac, another participant
from Gonaïves and Désir Orius from Cap Haïtien.
IFC responded quickly in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti
last January, making available $49.6 million for nine projects. IFC is
committed to assist in the reconstruction of Haiti and boost growth through
investments and advisory services in priority areas such as infrastructure,
telecommunications, tourism, and finance.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create
opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do
so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply
essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering
advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global
economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion
in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
For more information about SOFIHDES please visit, http://www.sofihdes.com/.
For more information INDEPCO, visit www.indepco.org.ht.