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Ivan Castano Freeman

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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.

The strong US dollar is helping to boost Mexican footwear exportsMexican footwear production to grow by 5% in 2016 29 April 2016

Mexico's footwear industry hopes to grow production by 5% this year, helped by a strong dollar and rising local demand, says Veronica Salazar, general manager of trade footwear show Sapica.

Mexico shipped $4.2bn of apparel and textiles to the US last yearMexico textile sector worries over TPP and Trump wall 22 March 2016

Mexico's textile sector is eyeing growth of 4% this year but faces looming threats including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Donald Trump's proposal to barricade its US border – which some executives estimate could trigger $2bn in annual trade losses.

US firms remain keen on Central America as a source of basic apparel and fast-fashion items for quick restockingCentral America tense over TPP-empowered Vietnam 1 March 2016

Central America's textile exports are expected to slow this year as Vietnam continues to gain US market share, throwing the region into a scramble to devise new competitive strategies.

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