The U.N. Conference on Trade and Development warned of a possible global downturn and billions of dollars in lost trade if the two countries enter a trade war.
A U.N. report found the new projects included outlays by brands such as Golden Goose, Fabiana Filippi, Herno, Hennes & Mauritz and Hermès International.
Fashion was the second most-affected area for cybersquatting last year after banking and finance, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The forum contended that the fashion industry is the world’s second-biggest user of water and produces 20 percent of global wastewater.
According to WIPO, one-third of the value of manufactured goods sold globally, or $5.9 trillion, comes from “intangible capital,” the third-largest being textiles and apparel.
In 2016, Vietnam was the biggest beneficiary country for new outlays in the sector with declared new projects valued at $2.7 billion, followed by Ethiopia with $636 million.
Employment fell in Cambodia’s garment sector despite a 7.2 percent increase in exports in 2016, the study found.
A U.N. study forecasts continued strong economic growth in the three countries over the next few years.