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Americas Textiles & Apparel Competitiveness Forum in Miami
Feb '08
In the Western Hemisphere, the United States has Free Trade Agreements with Mexico, Canada, Chile, Central America and the Dominican Republic and has negotiated agreements with Peru, Colombia, and Panama. Preferential trade programs exist with various other countries in the region.

The United States imports and exports more than $35 billion worth of textile and apparel goods in the region annually. In an effort to enhance textile and apparel trade in the region and to take advantage of the agreements, the U.S. Department of Commerce will host a forum on realizing the benefits and addressing the challenges of textile and apparel trade within the hemisphere.

Speakers will provide valuable insight on doing business in the region and how to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities available. This forum will be held in connection with Material World in Miami. Details of the forum are found below:

Date: Monday, April 7, 2008
3:00 – 3:30 pm: Registration
3:30 – 5:30 pm: Discussions
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Reception

Location: Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
(Room TBA)

Presented by: U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA)

Moderator: Matt Priest, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Chairman of the Committee for Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA)

Brief Description: A discussion focused on utilizing the benefits oftrade opportunities for the
textile and apparel industries within the hemisphere

Program Highlights:
• Speakers from leading manufacturers, industry associations, and governmental entities in
the region
• Textile trade policy initiatives and direction, including preferential programs and free
trade agreements
• Supply chain and logistics strategies and challenges
• Reception to allow further interaction and dialogue

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