• WE WANT MORE AGOA: Sub-Saharan African ambassadors held a rally on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to underscore their call to extend and expand trade breaks for the region. The overall trade benefits expire in 2008, but a crucial portion — allowing the poorest countries to use non-U.S. or African textiles in garments receiving duty-free treatment in the U.S. — ends in September 2004. Africans argue that extending this third-country fabric rule is key to nurturing apparel-makers as a precursor to creating their own textile sector. Otherwise, they fear that budding apparel sectors will be crushed by global competition in 2005 when world quotas restricting apparel-textile trade are eliminated. African trade legislation isn’t on the Congressional agenda, as lawmakers are close to adjourning for the year.

  • FASHIONABLE CAREER: Fashion Career Expo, a job trade fair for the retail, beauty and fashion industries, is holding its second edition Thursday at the Hilton New York hotel at 1335 Sixth Ave. in Midtown. Organized by 24 Seven Inc., the job expo will feature companies including Tiffany & Co., Polo Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Limited Brands, Talbots, Chico’s, BeBe and Tommy Hilfiger. The companies will be looking for merchandisers, buyers, retail planners, designers and salespeople, among other positions. Admission is $5 and open to those with a college degree and two years of work experience in fashion or retail.

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