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Official data shows apparel manufacturing grew on 2012 during Q3 2013 in most major Western countries. But the growth broadly matches growth in apparel imports
Georgia and Moldova signed Association Agreements with the EU on November 29, while Ukraine, under pressure from Russia, decided not to. The decisions do not directly affect the rules governing their garments’ access to the EU at present – and Ukraine’s decision remains highly controversial among its politicians. But the signatures make it likely Georgia and Moldova will remain duty-free garment production locations
“Top Western firms to pull out of Bangladesh, says Guardian” claimed Bangladesh’s Financial Express on December 2. The British newspaper said no such thing: it just said some (Bangladeshis) “fear top western firms will pull out of the garment industry”
The effect on the garment trade of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) December 7 agreement in Bali may be less dramatic than WTO delegates’ ecstatic response to their ability to agree
The garment trade and the Bali Package 2: Why “trade facilitation” is essential for the world’s poor.
Enthusiasts for the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) December 7 agreement in Bali claim that it will boost the world economy by $1 trillion. Opponents call it “an agreement for transnational corporations”. Its likely effect on the garment trade shows how terrifying muddled those opponents are.
Enthusiasts for the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) December 7 agreement in Bali need to remember the last major agreement the WTO made. Because trade diplomats really don’t forecast the effect of their plans on the garment industry very well.