Textile Industry Hopes for Free Trade Area Reforms

New investments in the sector are pending the approval of El Salvador's new tax-free zone law.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

According to the Salvadoran chamber of textile manufacturers (CAMTEX in Spanish), the reforms being considered by the government comply with all the demands made by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

"However, CAMTEX director, Patricia Figueroa, comments that until the reforms are finally approved by congress the investments will not get the green light," reports Laprensagrafica.com.

Their approval will provide certainty and predictability, she added.

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