Jean-Paul Coutard has made a name and a reputationfor himself after he unveiled the first modern bus to be made in Haiti during a presentation in July 2013.
The CEO of Coutard Motors manufactured other 56-seat buses, most of which are operated by the company Patrick Coach Line which connects St-Louis-du-Nord to Port-au-Prince via Port-de -Paix.
The latest creation from its assembly line, a 30-seater, air-conditioned minibus, designed to travel on our bumpy roads, put the former electromechanical student of the Diesel Institute of Haiti and a body shop in Canada under the spotlight.
In his morning interview with Magik 9 (100.9 FM), he did more than just market his projects and ambitions.
Coutard, without ever raising his voice, dazed the chefs who used his creation to make “a media circus”. He contradicted reports that publicity had helped him increase production.
Coutard praised people he knew but no no longer keep in touch with, including Jovenel Moïse when the two men presented their projects in 2013. The president was then CEO of Agritrans and Coutard of CoutardMotors.
“The current president and I represented, in 2013, a great hope for modernization,” Coutard said. “Even if we know that national production is not very interesting to those who run the country, I still salute the presidency this morning,” he said, stressing that Chinese officials had praised his work.
And now ? “I can’t hear anyone,” replied Coutard.Continue reading.