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COMMENT: Government giveaways stifle garment industry growth 12 Aug 2014

Governments have a vital role to play in supporting the modern industrial economy, but in many garment-exporting countries this positive support is both lacking and counter-productive. Based on his work in the Dominican Republic, David Birnbaum suggests government giveaways make change even more difficult.


Gildan Activewear forges ahead with expansion 18 Sep 2013

Facing up to capacity constraint issues that have been weighing on sales and the availability of certain products, apparel maker Gildan Activewear is forging ahead with its expansion plans.


Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, founder and president, Grupo M 31 Jul 2012

With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.


Spotlight on...Grupo M stitches growth with Haiti 28 Jan 2011

Leading Dominican Republic apparel maker Grupo M is growing fast by applying its technical expertise to neighbouring Haiti, where the Haitian Economic Lift Program is opening up new prospects for trade with the US. Jozef De Coster reports.


Does DR's textile and apparel future lie in Haiti? 20 Jan 2011

Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti: two countries, each with 10m inhabitants and situated on the same island (Hispaniola), yet worlds apart when it comes to per capita income, human development, political stability and sustainability. The differences extend to their textile and apparel industries too, as Jozef De Coster finds out.

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Dominican Republic eyes export growth as US allowance ends 8 Oct 2018

The impending expiry of the Dominican Republic Earned Import Allowance Program (DR 2-for-1 or EIAP) on 1 December has been met with equanimity by the Caribbean country and its manufacturers, who hope the trading relationships created by the system can expand.


Dominican Republic falls behind on apparel exports 14 Sep 2018

The Dominican Republic is letting a key provision to bolster its US exports run into expiration, deepening a 12-year rout that has seen its apparel sales to the world's biggest market halve, observers say.


Dominican Republic apparel export scheme set to expire 24 Aug 2018

A decade-long programme intended to boost the Dominican Republic's apparel exports to the United States is due to expire at the end of the year.


Dominican Republic apparel scheme sees exports tumble 7 Aug 2018

A nine-year-old programme meant to boost the Dominican Republic's apparel exports to the United States has seen activity fall "precipitously" for the second year in a row, according to the latest annual review.


Dominican Republic apparel export scheme reviewed 14 Mar 2018

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is conducting its annual review of a scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic.


Dominican Republic apparel scheme still fails to lift exports 4 Oct 2017

A scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic is still not providing enough incentives to make a difference, according to an annual review.


Dominican Republic scheme fails to lift apparel exports 1 Aug 2016

A scheme designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic is not providing enough incentives to make a difference, according to an annual review. 


Grupo M implements PLM to improve processes 16 May 2016

Grupo M, the largest garment factory in the Dominican Republic, is implementing PLM to help drive innovation and efficiency for its growing business.


US and Dominican Republic import scheme "still failing" 27 Jul 2015

The Earned Import Allowance Program (EIAP), designed to boost US imports of apparel from the Dominican Republic, is continuing to fail six years after implementation, according to an annual review.


UPDATE: US: Wolverine to close Dominican Republic factories 9 Oct 2013

US footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has decided to pull out of its facilities in the Dominican Republic, which primarily produce products under its namesake and Sebago brands.