Haiti - Economy : The Minister of Commerce visited CODEVI
The objective of this mission was to encourage investment efforts already made by CODEVI that manufactures apparel for export, including jeans, uniforms and knitwear. Run by the Dominican group "M" the CODEVI is making a major contribution to economic and social development of the region with more than 8,000 Haitian workers benefiting in particular from vocational training.
The Minister also wanted be reassured on the working conditions of Haitian workers and lasting effects of this industry in the economy of the region. During her visit, she was able to observes the construction and acquisition of new production means of the CODEVI, with the construction of two new industrial buildings of 7,000 m2 in total, which will allow the creation of approximately 3, 000 additional new jobs by the end of 2016 http://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-16087-icihaiti-economy-towards-the-creation-of-3-000-new-jobs-in-codevi.html . In addition she observed a construction site of another building of 11,330 m2 and learned the next start of works for the construction of two buildings of 8,000 m2.
The Minister presented to the group her warmest congratulations and encouraged those responsibles of the CODEVI to continue on this path, stressing that these initiatives are aligned with the priorities of the Government of Haiti and those of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry which among others, want to promote investment, job creation and wealth.
The Minister Petit-Frère also met with the workers and took the opportunity to collect their concerns. She lamented the current conditions where workers eat. The responsibles wish that the site houses a cafeteria for the benefit of workers. The Minister promised to intervene so that this project goes ahead, within a short time, to provide a net satisfaction to the Haitian workers.
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