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Editorial: An Uncertain Future for the Garment Industries in Bangladesh and Mexico
published in Issue 162, June 2013
At first sight, the garment industries in Mexico and Bangladesh would appear to have little in common with each other. Apart from their obvious geographical dissimilarities, there are major differences in their structure and ownership. However, both industries are having to face similar problems during a period of unprecedented trade liberalisation.
In both cases, international competitiveness continues to be hampered by an absence of backward linkages into the yarn and fabric sectors, and hence an overreliance on foreign suppliers.
Furthermore, producers in both countries are concerned about the phasing out of the quota system between now and the end of 2004. Garment makers in Mexico and Bangladesh have done well out of the quota system. Quotas have restricted their competitors while allowing their own exports to grow almost unhindered. Bangladesh, as a least developed country, benefits from quota-free access to EU markets and generous quotas for US markets. Mexico, as a member of Nafta (North American Free Trade Agreement), enjoys quota-free access to the US market, upon which it depends heavily.
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