Haiti's first industrial shoemaking factory inaugurated
Haitian president Michel Martelly shared in the official opening of the island’s first industrial shoemaking factory, which is managed by JL Fine Shoes SA. The declared aim of this new operation is to help revitalise Haiti's domestic industry within this footwear sector.
The head of state welcomed what he called the commitment and courage of Jean Lucien Ligondé, chief executive of JL Fine Shoes, and added that there is an urgency to connect between local consumption and domestic production.
"The factory that is inaugurated today is the realisation of the dream of many Haitians who believe in development," said President Martelly. "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."
As sponsor of the first shoemaking class linked to this project, the head of state presented certificates to 141 successful students from the areas of Cité Soleil, Carrefour and Carrefour-Feuilles. He then urged them to seize the opportunity that they had been given, in order to improve the conditions in which they live and their future.
President Martelly and Mrs Marina Gourgue, secretary of state for vocational training, encouraged other members of the private business sector to invest in various Haitian industry sectors in order to contribute to job creation and develop wealth within their country.
This article was originally published on page 14 of the February 2016 issue of SATRA Bulletin.