At a meeting with President Santos in May 2011, facing the need to generate an extra 2 million jobs, we proposed to him a viable solution. To have a preferential income tax in order to generate jobs in the manufacture and textile sector. In response to this the President invited us to think seriously about establishing a FTZ to take advantage of the benefits. Consequently we decided to abort the construction of a 17,000 m2 plant in the city of Dosquebradas which would have generated more than 1,500 direct jobs and instead we took his recommendation and joined the International FTZ of Pereira.
For the entry of primary materials and high quality supplies not produced in Colombia from the rest of the world.
The tax benefits allow us to have more competitive prices in the international market.
To process the primary materials and supplies into finished products.
The confidence generated in international buyers by being part of a FTZ.
The ability to acquire the latest technology to generate high quality products to export.
Allows us to import the latest technology machinery putting our company at the same level as those in the most developed countries.
Allows us to take advantage of the tax benefits creating an important margin to compete with countries and sectors that have subsidies or a cheap workforce.
Allows us to do partial processes in the TAN, benefitting our company and the growth of the SMEs.
They became attractive for the investors looking for bigger profit returns helping them to grow their companies and make them ready for demanding markets.
Principally generating new employment for people from nearby vulnerable communities such as Corregimiento de Caimalito and the municipality of La Virginia. We are working on a project with SENA to technically train people in textile manufacture searching to create at least 1,000 direct employees and 1,000 indirectly, impacting in 14 municipalities in the Departments of Risaralda and Caldas.
The International FTZ in Pereira started operations without any buildings, but built a network with the vulnerable communities, especially Caimalito, listening to their important social needs, especially employment to have a better quality of life.
Economically they have positioned large companies in the region in a strategic place where they have made highly representative investments.
Facilities for customs and logistics procedures.
Our priority has been to generate high quality employment and to impact on the most vulnerable communities as we have been doing. Also to promote a sense of belonging to a specific sector such as the textile manufacturing industry.
Our company had meetings with ACR, Solidarity organisations, ANDI Foundation, Red Unidos and the National Police to seek solutions and are waiting to start the productive chain with them.
We want to create workers co-operatives in the municipalities of Risaralda and Caldas in order to generate productive chains.
The exoneration of duties and IVA allows us to acquire the latest technology for the development of new lines of production and our better profit rate allows us to invest in the growth of our company.
We are working with public and private companies to create workers co-operatives in the sector of textile manufacturing, for example ALFACOOP in Sevilla, Valle. A group of 100 supplying us with high quality products.
Creating new ventures to become our suppliers.
Yes because it makes direct access to those markets easier.
Definitely yes as I have already said.