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Articles by John Zarocostas
Global foreign direct investment inflows rose by 5% to $1.24 trillion in 2010, boosted by an increase in manufacturing projects in emerging countries - including many with significant apparel sectors - a UN report says.
Global trade talks are now in "paralysis," World Trade Organization (WTO) chief Pascal Lamy declared Tuesday (26 July), as gridlock largely by China and the US over cotton and tariffs tanked hopes a small package to benefit the poorest countries can be reached by December.
Spurred by vigorous domestic and external demand, China's economy remains on a "solid footing" and is projected to grow by 9.6% in 2011 according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The surge in bilateral and regional preferential trade agreements (PTAs) from just 70 in 1990 to around 300 in 2010 is not being matched by an increase in global merchandise trade receiving special treatment, says a World Trade Organization (WTO) report.
Dynamic emerging country economies such as China, India and Korea are increasingly making their mark in all fields of innovation, including fashion design, says a top business expert on global competitiveness.
A large number of Jordan's apparel factories have breached core international labour standards, a compliance survey by two international agencies has found.
Textile and apparel trade union leaders and struggling workers - especially poor migrants - in key exporting nations were among last year's victims of killings, beatings, arrests and dismissals, a global survey said Wednesday (8 June).
The world's major economic powers have thrown in the towel on reaching a global trade deal by the end of 2011, and to save face have instead opted to try and come up with a package to benefit the poorest countries.
The chiefs of three international agencies have warned leaders of the G20 group of countries that their governments have put in place more new restrictive trade measures in the last six months.
The rapidly fading prospects of resuming the stalled Doha round of global trade talks this year rests squarely with the leaders of the US and China, and whether they can muster the political will to go for a close, top diplomats say.
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