AUSTRALIA EXTENDS FIJI GARMENT AGREEMENT

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 20) – The preferential export of Fiji garments to Australia will reportedly continue for another seven years, saving thousands of jobs.

The current agreement is due to expire at the end of this month.

But the Fiji Times reports that the Australian parliament has passed legislation, after earlier discussions, allowing for the continuation of the scheme for seven years.

Fiji’s garment export quota to the United States, however, will expire at the end of this year, resulting in almost certain redundancies for about 5,000 workers.

December 21, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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