|The Textile and Clothing Industry of Bangladesh
in a Changing World Economy
ISBN 984 05 1567 5 2001 130pp 215x136mm HB Tk.250.00 US$20.00
Liberalisation of trade and investment in the post-Uruguay Round period presents opportunities as well as challenges for the textiles and clothing industry of Bangladesh. This study covers several aspects of the textiles and clothing industry of Bangladesh in the context of a changing world economy.
The book discusses the implications of the international trade policy regimes governed by the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) and trade policy instruments of the major trade blocs such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement for international trade in textiles and clothing. It explores the impact of reductions of tariffs and elimination of quotas concerning textiles and clothing on different regions of the world through a general equilibrium analysis, based on version 4 of the Global Trade Analysis Project model. The work analyses the trade performances of Bangladesh and selected countries in clothing in terms of several criteria such as market shares product and regional concentrations of trade, the Export Similarity Index, and the revealed comparative advantage.
The study focuses on a number of issues concerning trade and industrial policy instruments for textiles and clothing in Bangladesh and several comparator countries including India and China.
The study calls for a dynamic perspective in promoting different components of the “textiles cluster” including yarn and fabrics. The study refers to the recent literature on industrial districts and emphasises the need for continuous improvements of productivity in the textiles and clothing industry.
Researchers, policy makers, businessmen and others interested in issues related to development of textiles and clothing industry will find the book useful.
Sadequl Islam is Professor of Economics at Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada. He obtained an M.A. from Dhaka University and an M.A. and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Manitoba. He has published in many scholarly journals and books and presented papers at conferences held in Canada, USA, France, and Sweden. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. This study was conducted while the author was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue.