NEW YORK — The potential for African apparel producers to compete in the world market — and along the way generate the economic growth seen as critical to keeping its nations stable and peaceful — will be a key topic at next week’s Sub-Saharan Africa Trade & Economic Cooperation Forum, to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius.

A delegation of executives from major U.S. importers, including J.C. Penney Co., Target Corp., Limited Inc. and Sears, Roebuck & Co., is expected to attend the five-day summit at the island nation, located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. They will join U.S. officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Congressmen Jim McDermott (D., Wash.), Edward Royce (R., Calif.) and Bill Thomas (R. Calif.), as well as top ministers from the 35 sub-Saharan African nations, including Mauritius, South Africa, Lesotho and Kenya.

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