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Monday, June 26, 2006

Garment expert tells the way

Increasing productivity level in the garment industry will guarantee the Australian Government's commitment to open its market to Fiji, says Philip Levy, an Australian garment expert.

The comment was made as talks to change the rules of origin requirements in the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA) is to start in August. The SPARTECA review is expected to relax rules of origin requirements that denied the entry of Fiji textile, clothing and footwear products into Australia.

Mr Levy said that increasing productivity was one of the conditions the Australian Government wants Fiji garment manufacturers to achieve in exchange for access to their lucrative markets. He said the Australian Government wanted to see Fiji's garment industry help itself become more competitive without continually calling for further major concessions to SPARTECA.

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