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U.S. Reinstates AGOA Benefits for Mali

The sub-Saharan nation has made progress on reforms.

— December 26, 2013

South Africa Pushes Domestic Procurement Policy

Measure aimed at boosting its apparel and textile industry.

— August 2, 2012

Morocco’s Exports Fueled by Free Trade Pacts

Morocco’s textile and apparel sector has benefited from exemptions from import duties and favorable corporate tax terms for production in export processing zones.

— February 4, 2016

West African Nations Urge U.S. to Drop Cotton Subsidies

Cotton 4 says changes needed to revive Doha talks.

— April 28, 2009
Election night in an American restaurant in Paris.

The World Reacts With Hope

Barack Obama’s victory in the U.S. election was greeted in Europe and Asia with positive headlines and high expectations.

— November 6, 2008

Bush Gets Trade Bill From Congress

Measure renews duty-free benefits.

— October 6, 2008

Apparel Production Soft in Fourth Quarter

Textiles perform slightly better in the period.

— March 11, 2013

AGOA Countries Poised for U.S. Export Boost

Revisions in U.S. policy seen benefiting Sub-Saharan sourcing.

— June 30, 2009

Report Cites Abuse of Workers

The annual survey of the International Trade Union Confederation documented human rights abuses by textile and apparel companies.

— June 11, 2009

Cotton Made in Africa Posts Progress Report

Just 15 percent of the small farmers in some regions were storing the crop protection containers correctly in 2013, but that figure has now risen to more than 50 percent.

— July 7, 2015
Rick Helfenbein

East Africa Trade Hub and AAFA Join on Sourcing Pact

The agreement launches the East Africa Cotton, Textile and Apparel Initiative to establish sustainable workforce development programs in the region.

— February 22, 2017

Report Criticizes Cotton Subsidies

Fairtrade group says government subsidies hurt African nations.

— November 23, 2010

State Dept. Identifies Forced Labor in Garment, Cotton Sectors

New report on human trafficking details problems of forced labor in several countries and sectors.

— July 27, 2015
Mohamed Alabbar and Franca Sozzani

Emaar Properties Sets Expansion in Dubai and Beyond

Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of the the $9.3 billion company, discusses the further expansion of The Dubai Mall and other upcoming projects.

— October 15, 2013
Saudi Arabia, long an underserved market in retail, will see many new projects come online in the next five years.

Malls Rising in the Saudi Arabian Desert

Saudi Arabia, long an underserved market in retail, will see many new projects come online in the next five years.

— August 11, 2016