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Jamaica Observer
kingston, Jamaica

Haitian Investment in Jamaica Considerable

JAMAICAN investment in Haiti, via companies such as Digicel and Jamaica Broilers, is quite well known locally. But less known is the fact that it is not a one-way street, and that Haitian investment in Jamaica is considerable – at least in the gasoline retail sector.

The Texaco brand, which has been in Jamaica for more than 93 years, has been owned by Haitian company GB Energy since 2012 and last month renewed its license.

GB Energy is part of the GB Group, a Haitian conglomerate with interests in a wide range of businesses in the Haitian economy, including the agricultural, manufacturing, construction, consumer goods, logistics, trade, and energy sectors.

Since November 2012, the GB Group has owned the Texaco brand of gas stations in Jamaica — 67 across the island, controlling 7% of the local gasoline retail sector.

Last month the company announced that it had retained its exclusive right to commercialize fuel under the Texaco brand in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St Maarten. The license includes the use and market rights of the Techron brand of additives for gasoline and diesel in those markets.

‘Today we supply 67 stations, have increased the number of industrial accounts as well as our market share in aviation fuelling supply. GB Energy is also present in one terminal in the Jamaican market,’ according to the GB website.

In total, the company operates more than 350 gasoline retail stations, 13 airports and 6 petroleum terminals, its Facebook page says. The company has a presence in 6 countries, among them the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Maarten, and Haiti.

The GB Group has been in the energy sector since 2003 when it acquired Shell’s fuel operations in Haiti with a local investor. In 2009, it expanded further by acquiring Chevron’s Texaco operations in Haiti.

The company created GB Energy in 2012 for the acquisition of Chevron — Texaco’s downstream assets in three additional countries in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and St Maarten. (i)

i. Browne, Richard. “Haitian Investment in Jamaica Considerable.” Jamaica Observer. N.p., 20 Mar. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2015. Source: read here