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International Textile Production and Foreign Direct Investment

Stephen MacDonald


Textile production in developing countries has tended to replace imports as a source of inputs for their apparel industries. This domestic sourcing, and the largely domestic ownership of the textile industry, is due to a combination of industry characteristics and government intervention by developing countries. Foreign direct investment has been growing in importance, and could grow further. The presence of cotton production in a country also seems to support the development of a textile industry, but, again, government intervention plays a role.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 384 - 388
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