Sub-Saharan African cotton yarns and fabrics have the most potential for competitive production, says USITC

Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have the greatest potential to be competitive in the production of cotton yarn, fabric, and other textile and apparel inputs, but they face numerous challenges, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its report Sub- Saharan African Textile and Apparel Inputs: Potential for Competitive Production.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, conducted a review to identify yarns, fabrics, and other textile and apparel inputs that can be produced competitively in beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries through new or increased investment or other measures.

The review, required by a provision included in 2008 legislation extending the Andean Trade Preference Act, was submitted today to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and the Comptroller General. Highlights of the report follow.

Sub-Saharan African Textile and Apparel Inputs: Potential for Competitive Production (Investigation No. 332-502, USITC publication 4078, May 2009) is available on the USITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4078.pdf.

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