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Multi-Fibre Arrangement related forums and events

September 15, 2009

MFA Forum Mexico Committee meeting, August 2009

On August 26th, 2009, the Mexico Committee of the MFA Forum hosted a multi-stakeholder forum to present to representatives of government, the private sector and civil society a new initiative the Forum is launching at the international level to respond to the impact of the current economic crisis on the industry and to promote a more sustainable future for both the apparel and footwear industries.

February 3, 2009

MFA+3: Labour Rights in a Changing Garment Industry

On September 30 – October 2, 2008, MSN and the Honduran Independent Monitoring Team (EMIH) co-sponsored a regional seminar entitled "MFA+3: Labour Rights in a Changing Garment Industry."  The seminar brought together approximately 60 representatives of labour and women's rights organizations from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

October 3, 2007

Responding to factory closures

With the demise of the import quota system at the beginning of 2005, companies began restructuring global supply chains with little regard for the workers, communities and countries that are affected. When the economic crisis hit in the latter half of 2008, the industry began a whole new wave of downsizing and restructuring.

December 15, 2006

The fall-out from the phase-out

What Lies Ahead for the Garment Industry and Garment Workers?

On March 17, 2005 the Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) sponsored a public forum in Toronto on the impacts of the garment and textile import quota phase-out, which was followed by a civil society strategy meeting and a No Sweat campaign consultation on March 18th. Some of the presentations made at the Forum are available in PDF format below.

October 31, 2005

Asia-Latina Women’s Exchange

Coming ten months after the demise of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA), the exchange was designed to give participants an opportunity to share what the end of the import quota system has meant for workers and communities in Thailand, China/Hong Kong, Cambodia, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the Dominican Republic and to discuss strategies for better defending workers' rights in a post-quota industry.

August 18, 2005

What lies ahead for Mexico’s garment industry?

On August 18, 2005, MSN and the Mexican women's organization MUTUAC co-sponsored a one-day conference entitled "What lies ahead for the Mexican garment and textile industry? The impact of end of the MFA on the industry and labour rights" featuring presentations by representatives of Mexican garment manufacturing firms, the Mexican government, national and international labour organizations, leading international brands, and Mexican labour rights organizations. Read about it here.

April 14, 2005

Other useful links on MFA 2003-2008

Other useful links related to MFA