The number of employees in factories in free zones reached 103,000 people in March, a record for the sector in Nicaragua, said Alvaro Baltodano, President of the National Free Zone Commission, CNZF. There are 68,019 employees in the textile sector alone.
The authorities' objective is to encourage the employment of 112,000 people in the free zones by the end of the year, reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
"So far as we have passed the 100,000 job mark, we are close to 103,000 and the goal at the end of 2012 is close with 112,000 jobs," said Alvaro Baltodano, President of the National Free Zone Commission, CNZF.
The Nicaraguan Association of Textile and Apparel Industry (Anitec) predicts that in the first half of 2012 there may have investments in the order of 30 to 50 million dollars in the textile sector.
During the course of the year, the U.S. textile company will restart operations in the country.
The start-up would initially create 700 new jobs.
"The secretary of the National Free Zone Commission (CNZF), Alvaro Baltodano, and executive director of the Nicaraguan Association of Textiles and Apparel (Anitec), Dean Garcia, confirmed to the press that the reopening of the company is underway and will become official in the coming weeks,” according to an article at Laprensa.com.ni.
In Nicaragua a proposal has been made to create a training center to improve the labor performance in free zones and attract more foreign investment to the sector.
In order to improve employees skills and increase the productivity and competitiveness of enterprises, the National Commission of Free Zones (CNZF) is proposing the creation of a textile school, where ongoing training on production techniques would be provided for the sector.