CGGC Nicaragua Delegation Meeting


CGGC Nicaragua Delegation Meeting

March 20, 2013

Baltodano, Samuels and GlasOn March 20, 2013, a delegation from Nicaragua led by General Alvaro Baltodano, Presidential Delegate for Investment, Promotion and Foreign Trade, met with Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Karina Fernandez-Stark, Senior Research Analyst and Mike Hensen, Assistant Director, all of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an SSRI affiliate, to follow up on a 2010 CGGC research project led my CGGC Director and Duke Professor of Sociology Gary Gereffi on improving the competitiveness of Nicaragua's textiles and apparel industry. This study, co-authored by Gereffi and Duke alumnus and current University of Colorado faculty member Jennifer Bair and a team of CGGC staff researchers, led the research team to Nicaragua in the fall of 2010 to interview textile and apparel companies, and government officials involved in trade promotion in this sector. The recent visit to Duke, facilitated by Ambassador Michael Samuels, President of Samuels International Affiliates who was further accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce, was to discuss possible future CGGC research targeted at identifying new growth strategies for Nicaragua in textiles, including attracting foreign direct investment in Nicaragua, that would increase national employment and improve Nicaragua's overall global market share in this industry.

In the photo, from the left, Baltodano, Samuels and Glas

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