Magazine article International Trade Forum

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Magazine article International Trade Forum

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International garments sector reacts to Forum article

"The Association of Apparel and Textile Exporters in Bulgaria is organizing a trade show for professionals. Having read your article, can you visit Sofia and present your views and ITC information to the participants? Could we distribute your article and other relevant ITC materials to our Bulgarian member companies?"

Borislav Georgiev (,

Director for International Economic Relations,

Bulgarian Industrial Association,


"I'm a director of a marketing company in India. Your message is a warning as well as an encouragement to exporting companies, to keep market share or increase their business through attention to quality, pricing and other competitiveness issues."

A.R. Samy (,

Horizons Apparel Buying Services,


"I work in the New York office of the Korean Government's Agency for Trade and Investment (KOTRA). Your article was comprehensive and forward-looking. You mentioned that ITC helps countries to elaborate country action plans. What is a country action plan, and how can others qualify to get this assistance from ITC?"

Yong Chang (yhchang@kotra,,

Korean Agency for Trade and Investment,

United States of America

"Your article was excellent and most timely, as a number of East African countries, where I work, are investing heavily in the textile and apparel sectors, but are uncertain of the future viability of those investments. One aspect you might have spelled out more clearly is the impact of investments undertaken to benefit from [preferential access schemes such as] the United States' African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) programme. What will be the future of investments made by Kenya, for example, to ship apparel to the United States market? Will these countries be able to compete with other developing countries, especially those in Asia, post-2004? Is there scope, within agreed trade measures, for the United States to continue to offer duty-free access to its markets for selected African countries?"

Ronald Rose (, Commercial Counsellor and Regional Trade Commissioner,

Canadian High Commission,


"Congratulations for the wonderful article. World trade in clothing is currently around US$ 200 billion. What do you expect will happen over 2006-2008, and do you think there is potential for countries like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to export clothing to India after 2004? …

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