By  on December 12, 2008

GENEVA — Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos Calderon said he is hopeful his government can convince the administration of President-elect Barack Obama to endorse the stalled bilateral free trade agreement.

Congressional approval would increase the prospects for Colombian exports of apparel to the U.S. that were worth $398 million in 2007. Colombia’s apparel exports worldwide more than doubled to $1.3 billion last year from $520 million in 2000, according to the World Trade Organization.

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