Majescor Flourishes in Post-Quake Haiti
By Ted Niles
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Dan Hachey tells a revealing story. The President/CEO of Majescor Resources TSXV:MJX relates how, “A few weeks ago, an institutional investor came up to us and said, ‘You are the guys working in Haiti? Well, God bless you and good luck,’ and he walked away. That’s what we’ve had to deal with from the beginning on this project.” Haiti has a reputation that’s hard to shake, but Hachey is confident that, paradoxically enough, one of the worst natural disasters of recent years will prove to be the catalyst of a national renaissance.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and has been, over the last century, plagued by a succession of bloody dictatorships, coups d’état and failed attempts at democratic reform. In January 2010, it was traumatized by an earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak that resulted in the deaths of over 300,000.
Hachey reports, “The things that I expected are happening. The world wanted to help and provided capital to get things moving there. And the eyes of the world on Haiti [have] forced political change.” He regards the April 2011 election of President Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly as a turning point. “Martelly has stated that [Haiti] is open for business. We’ve seen a lot of change since he’s been elected.” The Martelly administration has targeted the creation of 500,000 jobs over the next three years and, drawing inspiration from its neighbour, the Dominican Republic, sees big opportunities in tourism and mining.
Hachey says, “Thirty years ago there was no mining sector to speak of in the Dominican Republic, nor tourism. In that short period of time they’ve seen the development of [Barrick TSX:ABX and Goldcorp's TSX:G] Pueblo Viejo Project, which is one of the world’s largest gold deposits—and is pretty much a neighbour of ours. They’re going to be coming on with production this year.”
Hachey points out that “The mineralization does not stop at the border.” The Massif du Nord Metallogenic Belt stretches diagonally from Haiti’s north through to the southeast of the Dominican Republic, hosting both Pueblo Viejo and Majescor‘s 50-square-kilometre SOMINE copper-silver-gold property (itself surrounded by a number of properties held in joint venture by Eurasian Minerals TSXV:EMX and Newmont Mining TSX:NMC).
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