Canada : African Textile Tariffs To Be Cut

 Canada is to cut tariffs on textile goods from some of the world's poorest countries in a bid to reduce poverty in African nations.

The decision follows Prime Minister Jean Chretien's pledge to scrap tariffs of up to 19% on clothing and garment imports from Africa in order to give the region's industry a major boost and help its people tackle poverty.

He made that pledge during a visit to several African nations recently but such a move is sure to face strong opposition from Canada's textile industry which employs up to 150,000 people.

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