Caracol Industrial Park, textile workers in Haiti,
Textile workers at the Caracol Industrial Park. Photo via:

FORT LAUDERDALE — Fort Lauderdale and Cap-Haitien celebrated 20 years of being sister cities with an unexpected gift. Moments before the planned celebration, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, received news that the Inter-American Development Bank committed to investing $65 million to extend Caracol Industrial Park in Haiti’s northern region.

“Cap-Haitien will be a very, very good destination for investment,” Edmond said during the celebration at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 9.

“Because of the HOPE and HELP laws, if you want to invest in Haiti, particularly in this area, everything that will be exported to the United States, the U.S. market — the biggest market — will be free of duty.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.