Jovenel Moïse (Jovenel Moses) was born in Trou du Nord (Nord-Est department) on June 26, 1968 to a modest family. It is from his father, Etienne Moïse, mechanic and farmer, that he inherited his love of the land. His mother, Lucia Bruno, a long-time memory, seamstress and shopkeeper, taught him, in addition to civic and moral values, the sense of responsibility from childhood. His parents, despite their limited education, were able to teach him strict principles and rigorous discipline. These strong values combined with his innate abilities have enabled Jovenel Moïse, the “native-born”, to always stand out and have made him today a successful agro-entrepreneur and an undeniable model for our society.
Emigrated with his family to Port-au-Prince in July 1974, he continued his primary studies at the Don Durelin National School, and continued his secondary education at the Lycée Toussaint Louverture first; then at the Cultural Center of the Canado Haitian College.
Later he attended the Faculty of Education Sciences of Quisqueya University. Despite his future as an educator already drawn, he changes direction to embark on entrepreneurship. In 1996, he married his classmate Martine Marie Etienne Joseph. The same year, this enterprising, mature and enthusiastic young man leaves the capital and settles in Port-de-Paix with the ardent dream of developing the backcountry, a dream that will never leave him.
With very little investment capital, he created his first company in Port-de-Paix, JOMAR Auto Parts, still operational today. It is from this small company, created with his wife, that all the projects of the couple Moses begin to take shape. The same year, his love of the land directs his efforts towards the setting up of an agricultural project. This time Jovenel is setting up a 10-hectare banana plantation in the North West Department.
“This project is the culmination of a reflection that was born a long time ago. It is my love of nature and the terroir that led me to direct my training, my professional and personal activities, towards the development of the peasantry, the protection of the environment, and more specifically, ecological agriculture, Ethics and solidarity. “
Shortly after, his wife expects a girl, and the future father, realizes that access to drinking water is a major issue in the hinterland, and is still embarking on an innovative project. With his experiences and decided to provide a solution, he partners with the company Culligan Port-au-Prince. In 2001, Jovenel combined loans from financial institutions and individuals, not without difficulty, and began a water plant that will distribute drinking water in the North West and Northeast regions.
Based on his success in the business world and his desire to support community development, Jovenel became a member of the North-West Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCINO) in 2004. Still he is distinguished by his leadership natural and in a very short time, he is elected president of the CCINO.
Indeed, his ability to build a group synergy towards achieving a common goal, he won to become Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (CCIH). As a dynamic leader, he plays a leading role in the integration of regional chambers of commerce to ensure their full and fair representation in the National Chamber of Commerce.
An insightful entrepreneur, Moses knows how to identify problems and turn them into opportunities for the benefit of all. Interested in regional electrification, in 2008 he formed another company, Compagnie Haïtienne d’Energie SA (COMPHENER SA) this time with partners. They want, through this project, to bring solar and wind energy to the 10 municipalities of the Nord-Ouest department.
He founded AGRITRANS SA in 2012, bringing the NOURRIBIO agricultural project to Trou du Nord, to become the first Haitian Agricultural Free Zone. With this project, Jovenel Moïse was able to “transform an abandoned site into an integrated sustainable development project that will serve as a model for the development of the agricultural sector in Haiti”. This is just the beginning of the dream of Jovenel, proclaimed “nèg banann nan” (the man of the banana) who is to redo Haiti a country “essentially agricultural”.
The NOURRIBIO project has already led to the emergence of more than a dozen agricultural projects that have created nearly 3,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. This project is the most innovative in Haiti and the largest that the Caribbean has known so far. For Moses, it is important for Haiti to regain its place on the world map of exporting countries.
This leader has the art of making sense and mobilizing crowds. Persevering and resourceful, Jovenel is an example not only in his words, but especially in his actions that produce a much stronger effect than he says.
Jovenel Moses has a proven track record of building consensus and collaboration between groups of people with different interests. Thanks to his charisma, he has the art of communicating an inspiring vision for everyone. His sense of responsibility remains the cornerstone of his success, in his businesses, in his family and in his country. It is a promoter, receptive and attentive, who believes in harmony, and seeks cohesion. He favors interactions and understands the needs of the team he seeks to satisfy.
In 2015, the President of the Republic of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly, appointed Jovenel Moïse as candidate for the presidency of the political party he founded, the Haitian Party Tèt Kale (PHTK). President Martelly sees Jovenel as a “national production agent” with all the capacities to perpetuate his vision of a “transformed Haiti”.
For Jovenel Moïse, it is the national socio-economic objectives which take precedence. “My results-oriented leadership will guide my government as I strive to make my country even stronger and better for all Haitian families.”
Jovenel Moïse trades, wherever he goes, his vision of bioecological agriculture as the engine of the Haitian economy, creating jobs and generating wealth for a population of which more than 50% is rural. He proposes agriculture as a starting point for economic recovery.
Its policy also encompasses the elements that have been Martelly’s workhorse: education for all, access to health, energy reform, the rule of law, the creation of sustainable jobs, protection of the environment, and the development of Haiti as a tourist destination by adding eco-tourism and agro-tourism. The passion for the development of the country, the innovative capacities, the natural leadership and the progressive vision for Haiti, which shows Jovenel Moïse.
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