Challenges to Vietnamese firms in the world garment and textile value chain, and the implications for alleviating poverty

Khalid Nadvi, John Thoburn, Bui Tat Thang, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ha, Nguyen Thi Hoa, Dao Hong Le

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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. 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 who are the potential 'winners' and 'losers'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-267
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Exports
  • Garments
  • Poverty
  • Textiles
  • Value chains
  • Vietnam

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