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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Hong Kong recently signed the ASEAN-Hong Kong-China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA) and the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement (AHKIA) at the 31st ASEAN-Hong Kong summit in Manila to strengthen economic cooperation and stimulate development in the region. AHKFTA is ASEAN’s sixth free trade agreement. 

Mouvent, a new company focused on digital print using pioneering digital technology headquartered in Switzerland, is making its textile exhibition debut at ShanghaiTex 2017, to be held from November 27 to 30, 2017, in China, in booth G01, hall W5. The company will demonstrate the TX801 8-colour multi-pass digital textile printer at the tradeshow. 

The Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM), a business network and advocacy organization for the Ghanaian apparel business, was launched in Accra recently by trade and industry minister John K Alan Kyerematen. AGAM president Gregory Kankoh said the association will help members network and build partnerships to enhance their businesses. 

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibre-product converting company, has unveiled the Solotex Thermo, a polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT) fibre, offering excellent thermal retention and insulation. The new fibre can be used in a wide range of applications, including jeans, pants and bottoms, and for more than just outer materials. 

Sweden is seeking a collaborative project with the Aditya Birla Group in smart textiles to increase bilateral trade, Swedish minister for enterprises and innovation and rural affairs Sven-Erik Bucht said in Mumbai recently. If the talks succeed, a joint venture between Swedish firm Domsjo and the Birlas along with the two governments will be signed, he said. 

Sri Lanka’s apparel exports from January to September 2017 has increased by 11.3 per cent to $1.67 billion due to the European Union's tariff concession Generalized System of Preferences plus (GSP+), according to industries and commerce minister Rishad Bathiudeen. He termed it as GSP+’s most prominent success for Sri Lankan exports till now since its reinstatement.