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Haiti - Economy : Recipients of the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 was awarded to Pascal Registre.
Denis O'Brien, Digicel founder and Chairman of the Group, described Mr. Registre as "not only an inborn entrepreneur, but the kind of men who never forgot the roots of his success, his own community [...] When you look at the history of Pascal Registre you know you have front of you someone who takes every opportunity, perceives all possibilities, and is ready to face the world in order to make his dreams a reality. This is the kind of person that can help positively change the economic profile of Haiti [...]
In this context, it is particularly gratifying to note that although he is established in the US, Pascal felt this need to return to Haiti and has established a company where jobs were most that necessary, In his native Artibonite. I hope that many others will follow his beautiful example."
In 1986, Pascal Registre opened the Brasserie de Liancourt (Bralia), a factory of ice blocks in Liancourt. In 1999, he launched the drinking water brand "Elite" followed in 2002, by Elite Soda, available in 7 flavors of Caribbean fruits.
He now has a bottling plant of state of the art, and employs 60 people directly and up to 1,000 indirectly in the high season. He now spends 80% of his time in Haiti to manage the expansion of its business.
"Pascal Registre is exactly the kind of entrepreneurs to which we thought when we chose the theme of the competition this year: Be the leaders of change," declared the President of Digicel Haiti, Maarten Boute.
The 2015 awards were presented in five categories. In addition to winning the title of Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Pascal Registre also won the award in the Industry category.
In Agriculture & Environment category, the Award was won by Pierre François Benoît, who after leading a career as a soldier and diplomat has set up "The Hydroponics Gardens of Haiti," playing the role of pioneer in regard to the cultivation of plants above ground.
In the Construction category, the award was won by Jean Odelin Ordelus of "OD Peint Groupe Construction" which launched his company when 19 years oldwith only one brush for sole asset nd has worked tirelessly to become a leader in this area in Haiti.
In the Services category, the award went to Jean Conille of "Gazel / Autogas". The latter having been so challenged by the magnitude of deforestation when he returned from Canada he undertook to replace the use of charcoal by the subsidized propane.
And the Award for Emerging category, was awarded to Myrna Verdier of "La Ferme des Antilles", who built one of the most ultramodern chicken coops in Haiti and which is now in the process of setting up a "farm school" Caribbean, to teach children the basics of agriculture and sustainability.