Haiti | Board Member, Association of Industries of Haiti
Georges Sassine is a board member of the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH), which represents the majority of the manufacturing industry in Haiti. In 2006, Sassine served as was Executive Director of the Tripartite Commission for the implementation of the HOPE Act (CTMO-HOPE). In this capacity, he supported and followed the entire process of advocacy, voting and application of the American laws HOPE, HOPE II and HELP, to promote job creation in Haiti through the expansion of the clothing industry. He has testified before Congress on issues of private sector development and US-Haitian relations.
From 1979 to 1987, he joined the National Office for the Promotion of Investments (ONAPI), dealing with foreign investments. Afterward, he managed and advised several companies in the textile industry. Heavily involved in community life, Sassine was a founding member of the Center for Free Enterprise and Democracy in 1992, as well as of the University of Notre Dame d’Haiti in 1993. In 2012, he was appointed director of the National Society of Industrial Parks, and in 2013, he become responsible for the Lafito Industrial Free Zone, which is the first integrated economic zone of Haiti. Sassine has played a decisive role in promoting foreign investment in Haiti, especially from Asia.
Sassine was an event speaker at the Dialogue.