Top textile and apparel executives from Brazil and the US have pledged to forge and strengthen partnerships between their two industries after a meeting in Washington, DC earlier this week.

The promise came as executives met with officials from their respective governments on Tuesday (29 April) to discuss the challenges and opportunities of international trade.

The one-day summit, 'Textiles and Clothing: US-Brazil Dialogue on the Challenges of Globalization,' also looked at the need to integrate trade relationships throughout the hemisphere and around the world. 

Brazilian Ambassador to the US, Antonio Patriota, described the summit as "the beginning of a new age of cooperation between our two countries."

While Aguinaldo Diniz Filho, president of the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (ABIT), added: "We hope this is the first of many discussions on how we can cooperate to grow our industries."

Leaders of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association (ABIT) signed a memorandum of understanding as the first step in continuing and increasing cooperation. 

The summit followed a session of the US-Brazil CEO Forum on 28 April, which aims to strengthen bilateral economic and commercial relations.