Apparel and Footwear Industry Leadership Calls for Peace Following Assassination in Haiti
July 7, 2021 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
American Apparel & Footwear Association President and CEO Steve Lamar expressed condolences to the people of Haiti following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and shooting of his wife Martine Moise this morning:
“Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, following the horrific assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and shooting of his wife Martine Moise. Haiti has long been a trusted trading and supply chain partner of the global apparel and footwear industry. We pray for peace and calm in the region and order as Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph represents the people of Haiti," says AAFA President and CEO Steve Lamar. "Our association, and many of its member companies, have been proud to work on, support enactment of, and operate under trade partnership programs in the Caribbean Basin during the past quarter century. Haiti is the 14th largest supplier of U.S. apparel imports and a dependable partner that we will continue to support."
Since it was launched in 1983, the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) – and amendments made to it through the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act, and the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act – has provided an important trade policy basis to support U.S. investment in and exports to U.S. allies in the Caribbean Basin. Not only have these programs supported many U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear jobs, but they have also supported economic development in the region, advancing key U.S. foreign, security, and immigration policy goals.