Debate on used-clothing trade and strategy for building a sustainable garment industry
#1 Should countries in East Africa ban on imported used-clothing for the survival of its own apparel manufacturing industry, which is at the nascent stage of development?
#2 From an environmental sustainability standpoint, wouldn’t it make sense for East Africa to continue importing used clothes for their Mitumba wholesale center rather than ceasing this trade and manufacturing new clothes? What is your view?
#3 If clothing manufacturing has significantly helped Haiti grow its economy, should East African countries follow the same development path?
#4 The reading article says that trade agreements have extended Haiti’s duty free access to the United States until 2020. What might happen to Haiti’s garment exports after 2020? Can it survive? In your view, is Haiti’s garment industry a model for sustainable development?
#5 Why is the United States willing to offer duty free access for apparel made in Haiti but not made in other Asian countries, such as Bangladesh? Is it fair?
Debate on Wage level of garment workers
#6 Garment manufacturing and exporting are picking up Haiti’s economy, although most Haitian garment workers only make roughly $180-$200 per month. Meanwhile, Haiti is looking to attract retailers’ further investment. Given the fact that there are so many places in the world that retailers can source clothing from, will an increase of wage level drive away foreign investment in Haiti and negatively affect Hait’s garment exports?
#7 If consumers are willing to pay higher, will it help increase the wages of factory workers in developing countries? Or as consumers, we can do little about it?
#8 Should globalization be responsible for the low wage of garment workers in the developing countries? Without globalization, would garment workers in the developing countries live a better life?
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