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Ivan Castano Freeman

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The modular production system at Grupo M means labour productivity is highHaiti garment exports set to rise despite hurricane 13 October 2016

Despite the wreckage wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the country’s textile and garment exports are expected to rise 10% to roughly US$550m this year – as the bulk of the industry's factories are located outside its impact zone, industry executives have told just-style. 

Domestic manufacturing for licensed clothing is one of the growth areasMexico makers restructure to boost fashion know-how 10 October 2016

Mexico's textiles and apparel industry is restructuring following a 40% decline in exports since its 2002 heyday and the subsequent loss of more than 500,000 jobs, says Jose Manuel Martinez, general manager of clothing industry trade association Canaive. 

Ongoing labour violations are claimed in Mexico's huge informal economyAre Mexico’s maquila labour rights worsening? 7 October 2016

Mexico’s textiles and apparel industry is violating workers’ basic rights including freedom to unionise, overtime and severance pay, according to the Human Rights Commission of Tehuacan, a major maquila hub in Puebla State two hours south of Mexico City. 

El Salvador hopes to develop new high-performance sportswear niches incorporating innovative fabrics and finishesEl Salvador to launch 15-year apparel growth strategy 2 September 2016

El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening competition from Asian nations and neighbouring Honduras.

Peru's textiles exports are down 4% since 2010 while production has fallen 5%Peru apparel jobs at risk from rise in undervalued imports 31 August 2016

Peru’s struggling textiles and apparel industry could lose thousands of jobs if the government fails to stem a flood of sub- or undervalued Asian imports, according to industry association Sociedad Nacional de Industrias (SNI). 

Exports should rise 1% to 3% this year to just over $800mColombia clothing sees boon from rising demand 5 August 2016

Colombia’s textile and apparel industry is expected to grow 13% to over $11bn this year – more than double last year's rate – driven by strong local demand and a small gain in exports.

Honduras textiles giant Elcatex has inaugurated a new biomass power plant to help tackle the country's power shortagesElcatex biomass plant to help Honduras textiles plan 17 June 2016

A plan to transform Honduras into Central America's largest synthetics and value-added sportswear supplier faces training, financing and energy challenges, concedes Jesus Canahuati, the private sector's representative in the new 'Honduras 2020' development initiative. 

If successful, the turnaround plan will generate 200,000 new jobsHonduras hopes to invest $3.4bn to double apparel exports 13 June 2016

Honduras is set to more than double apparel exports and production as part of a new $3.4bn development plan, according to a top industry executive.

US manufacturers say a Mexican reference price system to curtail sub-valued goods is causing delaysNew Mexico textile import rules hamper apparel trade 9 June 2016

Mexico is being urged to overhaul a newly expanded set of import reference prices US apparel makers say are hampering trade, causing delays and blocking much-needed fabric imports at a time when the country continues to lose market share to Vietnam and Central America.

The US imported $8.3bn of apparel from the DR-CAFTA region last yearWhy Central America must make better use of DR-CAFTA 27 May 2016

Central America must do more to make better use of the flexibilities of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) with the United States, and move to leverage the so-called staging categories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to boost its competitiveness, according to experts.

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