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With the old textile quota regime abolished, producers are repositioning themselves to capture a piece of the global market. Courtney Fingar reports on the likely winners and losers.

The new year brought a new look for the global textile market, with the expiry of a quota system that has coloured it for three decades. Whether this is an improvement on the old look depends on who you ask.

The World Trade Organisation’s Multi-Fibre Agreement, which ended on January 1 this year, is now viewed by many as having distorted world textile trade.

Brewing up business

Namibia Breweries attracted the attention of two beverage giants that were seeking a way into South Africa’s beer market. Ashleigh Lezard reports on the potential of the joint venture for all partners.

Aerospace: Airbus and Boeing’s FDI strategy

Airbus and Boeing are both preparing for take off with their new aircraft and the arch rivals are providing a lift for the entire commercial aerospace sector. Karen E Thuermer reports on the worldwide impact for manufacturers, suppliers and researchers.

A location that matches ambition

Rotherham offers an investment environment for the ambitious

If companies are going to think big, they need partners whose ambitions can match and support their own. The track record of Rotherham, at the heart of the UK, shows that it not only has big ideas but that it makes them work, to the benefit of its people and its business sector. Two of its latest projects are a 20-year regeneration of its town centre, which is already under way, and an ambitious £250m project to create a national and international leisure destination and up to 2500 jobs.

Services: the new frontier

Today, some 60% of the world FDI stock is in the services sector, in both developed and developing countries. The share of this sector in FDI flows is slightly higher. This is not surprising, as it reflects the sectoral structure of home and host countries: in developed countries, the services sector accounts for about two-thirds of GDP, in developing ones for more than half.

South East Asia’s fastest growing transhipment hub

The Port of Tanjung Pelepas has already developed at a phenomenal rate and work is pressing ahead to make sure the growth is sustained.

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