The U.S. Agency for International Development has opened a training facility in Port-au-Prince to help boost the development of Haiti’s private sector workforce. More than 2,000 professionals are expected to be trained at the Haiti Apparel Center every year.
In addition to providing training, the center will allow Haiti to fully maximize the benefits of the Haitian Economic Lift Program Act, or HELP, which was signed into law in early May. As Devex reported, the law waives tariffs on U.S. imports of woven and knitted fabric from Haiti.
“The new training center will play a key role in developing Haiti’s garment industry and leading the nation to a more prosperous and stable path,” Kenneth Merten, U.S. ambassador to Haiti, said according to a USAID press release.
Merten explained that the apparel center will promote long-term economic recovery and growth by increasing job skills and helping local garment workers add to their incomes.
The center is part of of “Konbit Ak Tet Ansanm,” or KATA, a four-year, USD104.8 million job-creation initiative designed and financed by USAID.