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US aims to bolster textile and apparel trade partnerships overseas

US aims to bolster textile and apparel trade partnerships overseas
The initiatives aim to address supply chain sustainability, forced labor concerns and security issues in Central and South America.

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The U.S. is focusing on textile and apparel partnerships in Central and South America with the aim of strengthening trade relationships and increasing security measures. The Americas Act, a bipartisan initiative, includes incentives for circularity across apparel, footwear, and accessories, and is designed to create a partnership among Western Hemisphere countries to bolster trade, create jobs, and improve regional stability. The Department of Homeland Security has announced enforcement actions to protect the American textile industry, while the U.S. is also working to strengthen its relationship with Guatemala. These efforts are part of the Biden Administration's America's Partnership for Economic Prosperity, which aims to counteract China's growing influence in the region and address the economic causes of migration. If passed, the Americas Act may offer a way to solidify Washington's efforts to strengthen trade relationships with Central and South America.

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