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Cablegate: Sierra Leone: Request for Information On Textiles

VZCZCXRO2256
RR RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHFN #0487 2281606
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 161606Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY FREETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1282
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS FREETOWN 000487

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/W, EEB/TPP/ABT (GCLEMENTS)
PLEASE PASS COMMERCE FOR ITA/OTEXA (MD'ANDREA)
USTR (CMILLER)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD KTEX SL
SUBJECT: SIERRA LEONE: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON TEXTILES
AND APPAREL PRODUCTION

REF: SECSTATE 114799

1. In response to reftel request, there is no textile/apparel
manufacturing industry in Sierra Leone. There is only limited
local production consisting of individual artisans who
produce traditional hand-woven cloth to sell in local
markets. All other textiles, much of which come from China,
are imported.

2. Sierra Leone is a beneficiary of AGOA but limited
manufacturing/exporting capacity has prevented Sierra Leone
from taking advantage of AGOA preferences.
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