Heineken's $100-Million Vote of Confidence

Heineken recently announced it would invest $100 million to modernize its brewery in Haiti — the second-largest foreign investment in Haiti's history. Below, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Heineken-Haiti CEO José Matthijsse toast to the success of the venture, shortly before her departure to Washington to join the Thirty-Fifth Business Delegation.

"This is a moment of pride that we can celebrate with the whole country. We're starting to see the results of our investments," she said. Ninety-nine percent of the jobs will go to Haitians.

If Heineken was the second-largest foreign investor, the delegation also had a representative of the largest — Digicel. It also had Georges Sassine, representative of the far-flung domestic GB Group. Georges is architect, with Lionel Delatour, of the HOPE Act which affords Haiti duty-free entry into the United States of low-end textiles. The act has generated over thirty thousand jobs for poor people and exports will surpass $1 billion this year. Each job, on average, supports more than ten people.

We also had a representative of the country's largest media organization and a shipping and real-estate entrepreneur.

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  • Click on "Wall Street Journal letter" for Amb. Ernest Preeg's call for investment in Haiti inspired by this delegation