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"Officials urge clothing companies to buy Haiti apparel"

In case you missed the Plus 1 for Haiti program announcement, read excerpts from a Reuters article regarding the initiative below, and the full article here.

"U.S. government and industry leaders urged clothing manufacturers and retailers on Tuesday to help rebuild Haiti by importing 1 percent of their apparel production from the earthquake-ravaged country.


Haiti's clothing sector accounted for about 75 percent of the country's exports and employed more than 25,000 Haitians before the massive earthquake on Jan. 12, which killed more than 200,000 people.

U.S. trade officials hope a vigorous response to the "Plus 1 Percent" program would encourage investors to get Haitian clothing factories back into operation as quickly as possible.

President Barack Obama's administration will support the program by working with U.S. and Haitian companies to remove roadblocks to Haitian apparel exports, Kirk's office said."