By  on September 13, 2011

PARIS — The first Paris edition of the Apparel Sourcing trade show will put the spotlight on Haitian producers, who hope to diversify their predominantly North American client base by striking partnerships with European buyers.

Gregor Avril, executive director of the Association of Industries of Haiti, provides an insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the Haitian clothing industry almost two years after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people. Infrastructure projects include the construction of an industrial park that aims to support 65,000 permanent jobs, starting with a commitment by South Korean garment manufacturer Sae-A Trading Co. Ltd. to invest more than $70 million, according to a report by the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission.

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