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Haiti - Economy : Inauguration of the first Haitian Industrial Shoemaking Factory
The Head of State welcomed the commitment and courage of the Engineer Jean Lucien Ligondé, CEO of JL Fine Shoe S.A., which believes that "there is really an urgency to reweaving the connection between local consumption and domestic production."
"The factory that is inaugurated today is the realization of the dream of many Haitians who believe in development. With this shoes factory, we will show how Haitians know how to work. The battle to revive domestic production will improve the living conditions of the Haitian people, it will not stop [...] I wish success to the Company JL Fine Shoes S.A." declared the President Martelly.
As sponsor of the first class of 141 shoemakers from Cité Soleil, Carrefour and Carrefour-Feuilles, the Head of State after the delivery of certificates, urged the new recipients to seize this opportunity in order to improve their conditions of life and their future. As gift of encouragement, the President Martelly has offered a digital tablet SurTab assembly in Haiti, to each of these young people who are now employees of the factory, after having received training of a skilled workforce and adapted to the requirements of a factory to advanced technologies. Welcoming in particular, Jean Jean-René, the laureate of the first class of technician shoemaking.
Satisfied with his new social situation, the young Jean Jean-René, addressed his sincere thanks to the President Martelly for having gave its full support for the realization of this project, which allowed to create 150 immediate jobs and 1,200 permanent jobs by 2 years.
"We wanted to contribute to the genesis of a middle class strengthened", welcomed the engineer Jean Lucien Ligondé, CEO of JL Fine Shoes, hat launched this project in 2014 and who wishes to create amongst others a network of distributors of products of the factory.
The President Martelly and Mrs. Marina Gourgue, Secretary of State for Vocational Training encouraged other members of the private business sector to invest in other sectors in order to contribute to job creation and wealth country.