Honduras Wants to Enter Trans-Pacific Agreement

The maquila industry approves of the government's decision to apply for formal admission into the agreement, which would improve conditions for textile companies competing with countries like Vietnam.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Honduran Maquila Association (AHM) is one of the unions in the country which is most interested in being part of the trade union agreement, because the United States is the main destination for its production, and where textiles also come from countries that are already part of the agreement, such as Vietnam.

Daniel Facussé, president of AHM, told Laprensa.hn that "... The US government position on the inclusion of Honduras is 'open but cautious', as negotiations on this issue have not finished. However, he anticipated that 'there is a chance that Honduras will enter into the TPP'. "

"... Among the findings of the national maquiladora sector, not entering into the agreement would disadvantage Honduras against Vietnam in terms of textile production, since the latter will, as a member of the TPP, have a direct way of sending products without restriction. "



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