Haiti’s textile sector is on the roll

The Haitian government is sending signals to the textile sector, the sector that currently employs the most people in the country. In the space of 24 hours, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant met with representatives of the Haitian textile sector. The Minister of Finance, accompanied by the Director General of Customs, visited the factories of CODEVI in Ouanaminthe.


“This initiative falls within the framework of the [president] Jovenel Moïse’s vision to encourage private investors (Haitians and foreigners) with the objective of guaranteeing the supply and stability of employment in the country”, first “tweeted” Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant before a statement from the Communication Directorate of the Prime Minister specifies that the meeting of Thursday, February 1, 2018 was held in the official residence of the head of government.

Les représentants du textile ont pu non seulement exposer les projets d’expansion du secteur, mais aussi faire part au chef du gouvernement des contraintes qui entravent le développement dudit secteur.

« De mon côté, après avoir exposé les grandes priorités de mon administration, j’ai fait preuve d’engagement en rassurant les investisseurs de l’accompagnement du gouvernement pour un emploi de qualité au bien-être de toute la population haïtienne », a fait savoir Jack Guy Lafontant dans un deuxième « tweet ».

“The Prime Minister listened to us, took note and promised that everything will be back to normal,” confirmed Georges B. Sassine, president of the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH), contacted by telephone in the early afternoon by the editorial staff.

Hours after the reassuring Prime Minister in the direction of investors guaranteeing their “support for the creation of sustainable jobs for the well-being of the entire Haitian population,” the Minister of Economy and Finance, Jude Alix Patrick Salomon, accompanied by the Director General of Customs, Jorel Janvier, visited the CODEVI factory located in Ouanaminthe which for more than a decade has provided jobs to several thousand compatriots.

“This is the first time that a Minister of Economy and Finance and a Director General have visited us in CODEVI and we are very happy with the visit and the cooperation, has shown its commitment to job creation, “told the newspaper the boss of Codevi, Fernando Capellan.

“The Haitian textile sector has seen a serious increase in job creation over the last few years, and the ADIH has registered nearly 10,000 new jobs, which represent a 25% increase in the last two years”, says the report. Twitter account of the employers’ association.

The ADIH, which, this Friday, February 2, 2018, officially opened its Textile Training and Services Center (TASC) in the presence of the Minister of Commerce, representatives of several national and international institutions (CFI , INFP, USAID), trade unionists and bosses.

For Georges B. Sassine, a country like Haiti, where there are so many unemployed people looking for jobs, can not afford the luxury of leaving the investor who comes to open his factory to train his employees. “This reduces our competitiveness,” said ADIH’s number one, acknowledging that with this basic training graduates are now more likely to find a job.

Thus, the Investment Facilitation Center (CFI) brings investors in, ADIH in turn trains the workforce before it enters the labor market to make the process easier for these people trained in the clothing sector. “This center allows the investor to spend less time training workers – because time is money,” said Georges B. Sassine, recalling that the problems experienced by each of his peers are virtually the same.

Factory owners, whether they are in Caracol – in Ouanaminthe or in Port-au-Prince, can not do any more with untimely strikes, holidays decided at the last minute and all the nebulae surrounding the increase in wages.

The Minister of Social Affairs, who was present at the Prime Minister’s, promised that the Higher Council of Wages (CSS) will be formed again soon, said George B. Sassine, appealing for the discussions on the increase of wages begin soon.

“In all countries of the world, there are rules that specify when wages should go up or not … We demand that wages be adjusted in transparency,” said Georges B. Sassine.

Author: Le Nouvelliste