Vietnam in the global garment and textile value chain: implications for firms and workers

Khalid Nadvi, John Thoburn, 2003

Name of publisher/editor

Institute of Development Studies School, University of Sussex and the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia

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Summary & key words

The global garment and textile industries face changing international trade regimes, concerns with labour standards, new competitors and forms of competition. These challenges have a differentiated impact on developing country producers and workers, creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. One potential winner is Vietnam. This paper uses a global value chain framework to analyse the Vietnamese experience. It maps Vietnam’s changing position in the global industry, and probes ties between Vietnamese firms and global buyers. It explores links within the Vietnamese garment and textiles sectors, and considers the impact of global challenges on Vietnamese firms and workers. This helps distinguish potential ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ and underlines w ider poverty implications. 


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economic social