Keith Nuthall
THE USA government signed a bilateral textile pact with Vietnam that gives the south-east Asian country generous access to the US market. The American Textile Manufacturers' Institute is angry at its government for granting Vietnam an estimated US$2 billion (Pounds 1.24 billion) in access to a domestic sector that saw 3,000 jobs lost in the last quarter. "US negotiators have ensured more textile jobs will be lost in this deeply distressed industry," said the ATMI in a statement.

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