GB Group proud sponsor of the annual NAAHP conference in South Florida

Miami, Florida, November 14th, 2015 – Today marks the conclusion of the 4th annual National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals conference being held at FIU’s Kovens Conference Center which began this past Thursday where GB Group was a proud sponsor featuring its 3 most recent flagship projects: Challenges (Haiti’s first & only weekly news magazine), G Capital (Haiti’s first international capital raising platform) & Port Lafito (Haiti’s first & only Panamax port).

This year, the conference focused on the interrelated themes of advocacy, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship in the context of uniting and strengthening Haiti and its Diaspora. Dominant thinkers on Haiti’s development and civil society came together to discuss effective collaboration between governments and their diaspora via keynote speakers, panel discussions, debates and workshops.

GB Group’s own Richard Noritake, Executive Vice President for Capital Markets, led an interesting workshop about Foreign Direct Investment through Integrated Economic Zones in Haiti before unveiling G CAPITAL: a GB Group company specializing in capital raising and financial engineering to develop optimal capital structures for its clients.

Also in attendance and representing Challenges magazine (published by GB Group company Caribbean Media) was Alexander Thevenet, Challenges News Director, accompanied by GB Group’s Marketing President & Caribbean Media CEO, Laurence Bigio.

Both GB Group Chairman Gilbert Bigio and GB Group CEO Reuven Bigio attended the renowned event as a demonstration of further supporting the NAAHP cause and stressing the importance of empowering the Haitian diaspora.

Port Lafito CEO, Pierre Liautad was also present.


About GB Group:
GB Group is a leading, diversified group of industrial and trading companies in the Caribbean with operations concentrated in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and St. Maarten with offices in the United States. Comprised of 22 companies from 9 different divisions (agriculture, construction, consumer goods, finance, infrastructure, energy, logistics, media and trading), GB Group collaborates with more than 4,000 employees and embraces managers from more than 15 countries companywide. GB Group and its operating companies have strategic alliances and/or partnerships with some the world’s top business organizations. The company’s current endeavors include the US $300 million Lafito Global integrated economic zone which encompasses Port Lafito, Haiti’s first Panamax port and Lafito Industrial Free Zone.

About Challenges Magazine:
Challenges, a pioneer in its genre, is Haiti’s first and only weekly news magazine.

Challenges has been distributed every Friday since its debut in August 2015. This fresh new source for reliable and timely news available to the public at large caters to savvy readers.

A relevant source of information concerning Haiti, the Caribbean and the world, Challenges attracts the attention of some of the greatest minds with its unique content unavailable anywhere else.

Fresh, reliable, progressive, objective, thorough, focused, current & targeted. Challenges is news you can trust.

For more information on Challenges, visit:


About G Capital:
G CAPITAL specializes in capital raising and financial engineering to develop optimal capital structures for its clients.

The company has been involved in the structuring and arranging of funding across the capital structure including senior debt, junior debt, mezzanine finance and equity. Many of the transactions completed throughout the Caribbean and Central America involve complex cross border structures, tax optimization, foreign exchange and investor requirements.

Financing structures have included commercial bank debt, fixed income capital market instruments, project finance, mezzanine and holding company financing, preferred and common equity.

The G Capital team has successfully completed financing with the largest commercial banks in the region, institutional investors, public corporations and developmental agencies such as International Finance Corporation, FMO and the Inter-American Investment Corporation.

These financing structures have included funding for start up ventures, project finance, acquisition financing, liability management and trade finance.

For more info on G Capital, visit:

About NAAHP:
Founded in 2011, the National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals (NAAHP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established by diverse group of forward-thinking industry experts, youth leaders, faculty, public and nonprofit sector global professionals who are dedicated to seeing the professional advancement of Haiti and its Diaspora. NAAHP is focused on connecting a global community of peers with career advancement resources as well as fostering transformative relationships between NAAHP members and committed stakeholders to rebuild Haiti through catalytic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

For more on NAAHP, visit:

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