Nicaragua: Optimism in Textile Industry

Despite the challenges facing the Central American textile industry with the coming into force of the TPP and Asian competition, projections are that there will be growth of 8% in 2016.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The main reason is the decision of the US government to extend for ten years the tariff advantages enjoyed by Nicaraguan exports to the northern country, supporting them against the entry into force of the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP).

The Nicaraguan textile industry is smiling, despite the challenging scenario facing this economic sector in Central America because of factors such as hefty Asian competition or changes in incentives globally with the entry into force of the TPP.

"... The garment sector could grow by about 8% in 2016, and will probably see growth of 10% up until 2017. We must take into account the stage of maturation of new projects, as they are coming into operation this year, " said Dean Garcia, executive director of the Nicaraguan Association of Textiles and Apparel (Anitec) to He added that exports of textiles and clothing fell by 2% in value in 2015, but grew in volume by more than 1%.

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