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Central America39 S Apparel And Textile Producers Meet

Central America's Apparel And Textile Producers Meet As One Regional Apparel Industry A "First"On July 14-16, 2003, leaders of Central Americas apparel and textile industries, plus regional and U.S. executives, will meet at the Full Package SUMMIT - the first meeting of its kind in the history of the region.Why El Salvador "We could just as easily have met in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, or Nicaragua," said Roberto Bonilla, General Coordinator, "but this first meeting of many will be here in San Salvador. We've raised the money and put together the office to make this inaugural meeting happen. We expect over 500 to attend". While core nations of Central America are attending in quantity, attendance will draw extensively from the US and the Caribbean.Despite the growth of the apparel industry in China together with the end of quotas in 2005, Central America remains a major focus for the American apparel industry. "A number of our manufacturer members in the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) have bricks and mortar investment in the CBTPA region," said AAFA President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Burke, "so our focus on the region is strategic and long term." Mr. Burke will deliver the keynote speech on July 14 called "How to be a Preferred Supplier to US Companies.""This meeting is mission-critical for the region," said Mike Todaro, Executive Director of the American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN). "Radical new business models that cross nations will set this region apart - and some here have already started to do this. This meeting is about jobs, wealth and getting this region organized industrially. There are no easy answers for this region but together, we can find the hard ones by meeting together at the SUMMIT."SUMMIT Executive Director Ms. Patricia Dalponte says of the agenda, "We have recruited speakers who will "tell it like it is" from companies like Kellwood, LiandFung, Timberland, Target, LF Brands, Koramsa and many others. We have an extensive seminar program as well as exhibits for one-on-one networking."Says Todaro, "The 'product' of this SUMMIT will be the first definitive analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of this region. This analysis will be our roadmap for a regional business model going forward and for future events as well as the skills and staff needed to overlay the entire region to get everyone working together."Learn more, see the agenda and register to attend on www.fullpackage.orgPress Release Courtesy of the American Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN) June 2003