Bangladeshi Commerce Minister, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, was due to arrive in the US on Monday in an attempt to persuade officials to abolish import quotas on Bangladeshi garments.

Mr Chowdhury is expected to spend the whole of his five day visit to the US lobbying on behalf of his country's textile industry which has witnessed a dramatic slump in foreign orders since the September 11 attacks.

Industry officials claim that as a result of that slump, up to 100,000 textile workers have lost their jobs in the past couple of months and many more are likely to do so in the future.

Mr Chowdhury's visit follows a similar trip last week by Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, Bodruddoza Chowdhury, who failed to win any commitment from the US to lift restrictions on garment imports from his country.