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Entrepreneur wants South African garments under AGOA
Jul '10
Doreen Vilakazi, Chief Executive Officer of TRUBOK, South-Africa based garment producing firm, has urged the US government to open its huge market for superior quality apparels, which are manufactured in South Africa.

Vilakazim who is intending to partake in the upcoming Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) conference in August, said that, her renewed garment production firm, is now manufacturing quality apparels, which can compete with goods from any part of the world.

Ever since she took the operations of the firm, TRUBOK, Vilakazi has been concentrating on producing quality clothing, for the domestic South African market and also the global market, including US and Europe.

Under the AGOA, which is a US Trade Act, due importance is given to entry of 39 sub-Saharan African nations, in to America's market.

This time the ninth yearly AGOA forum is divided in to two parts, August 2-3, the conference is in Washington DC and August 5-6 its in Kansas City, Missouri. The theme this year for the conference is 'AGOA at 10, New Strategies for a Changing World'. As per Vilakazi, South Africa is eyeing to be part of the nations that are currently benefiting from AGOA.

For the South African producers, AGOA is very important. Vilakazi and others are visiting Washington to urge and discuss with American authorities the reasons as to why South Africa should be part of the nations, which are already benefiting from AGOA, informed Vilakazi.

Earlier, this US act was meant for a period of only eight years, October 2000 – Spetember 2008. But regulations which were inked later by former President, George W Bush in July 2004, helped give an extension to the AGOA act till 2015.

Vilakazi said that, there is an urgent need for the huge American garment buyers to also think about buying apparels from her firm. Vilakazi eyes firms such as Walmart, who can source atleast one percent, from her firm. Currently TRUBOK is supporting quite a few South African families by employing 1,300 people.

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