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La Martinique (more than 400 000 inhabitants)







Some General Information:

We could say that Martinique is to France what Hawaii is tho the US. Indeed, it is an overseas department of France and, as with the other overseas departments (French Guiana, Guadeloupe and La Réunion), Martinique is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic. As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. The official language is French but they also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais).

Ethnic groups:

African and African-white mixture 75%, white 15%, 5% Lebanese and 5% East Indian,Chinese and others

GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 6%
industry: 11%
services: 83% (1997 est.)



Exports - partners:
France 45%, Guadeloupe 28% (2004)



Imports - partners:
France 62%, Venezuela 6%, Germany 4%, Italy 4%, US 3% (2004)


Surface : 1000 squared kilometres (490 sqm)


Life expectancy : 79 years

Natality : 13.3/1000

Mortality : 7.5/1000


GDP :7.9 billion $

GDP per capita : 20 085 $ (2006)


Fort de France (180 000 inhabitants)













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A Marina project:

At the east of the city, a new neighbourhood is being built from nothing : on 45 hectares of virgin land a marina is emerging.

The project includes :

- 2000 apartments (8000 new residents are to settle there)
- a complex of 500 flats in hotels or residences
- boutiques and services
- public services (schools...)
- a modern architecture that respects "environmental quality"

And at last, a marina of 1000 places, a yacht club. And, as the neighbourhood is part of a free zone, many light industries and businesses have already settled there (from banks to drugmakers).


Pointe Simon Business Center :
First phase (completion 2009): $130 million
Second phase (completion 2011]: $120 million

The official website : www.pointe-simon.com

"The project consists of a mixed-use complex in an urban waterfront location.

Pointe Simon, a new travel destination in Fort-de-France, Martinique, will offer visitors a a full range of global business and leisure services. The project consists of a 21-story office tower, a seven-story condominium and an eight-story Marriott hotel with a fine dining restaurant, a 500-person ballroom, a spa and several boutiques. Infrastructure work will include new cruise ship docking facilities, a bus station, a pedestrian bridge, an expansion for the autobridge and a new central plant. "

It will be the highest tower of the Lesser Antilles (105.5 meters)

The project is part of a global development of Fort-de-France's waterfront :














 
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