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Monday, 12 November, 2001, 05:07 GMT
Bangladesh wants textiles curbs lifted
The Bangladeshi Commerce Minister, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, begins a five-day visit to the United States on Monday during which he is expected to lobby on behalf of his country's textile industry.

Mr Chowdhury is under pressure from local exporters to persuade Washington to abolish quotas imposed on Bangladeshi garment imports.

The BBC correspondent in Dhaka says the garment industry was already facing tough competition before the 11 September attacks, but that since then foreign orders have almost dried up.

Around 100,000 employees of the mostly female workforce have lost their jobs in the last two months alone.

The visit follows a similar trip last week by the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, Bodruddoza Chowdhury, who failed to win any commitment from the Americans to lift restrictions on garment imports from Bangladesh.

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