REDUIT, Mauritius — The Bush administration will consider extending the legal provision that allows the poorer nations of sub-Saharan Africa to use fabrics from Asia or elsewhere in the world and still enjoy the trade benefits granted by the African Growth & Opportunity Act, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick.

Speaking Friday, the last day of the AGOA Forum held in the island nation, Zoellick told reporters and delegates that the U.S. would look into extending the third-country fabric provision, which is currently set to expire in September 2004.

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