Syria has the capacity to fill 30 per cent of the Arabic world's ready to wear clothing requirement, says Rateb Shallah, the president of the Syrian Chambers of Commerce. He explained that this was due to the competitiveness of Syria's textile sector, which offers high quality product at low prices. Textiles is the country's second largest export sector, with exports in the first five months of last year totalling US$64 million. In a move to increase this figure, several fairs are to be held to promote textile production.