Duke GVC Center Nicaragua Delegation Meeting

On 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, to follow up on a 2010 Duke GVC Center research project led by Gary Gereffi on improving the competitiveness of Nicaragua’s textiles and apparel industry. As part of the study, Gereffi and Duke alumnus and University of Colorado faculty member Jennifer Bair 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 visit to Duke, facilitated by Ambassador Michael Samuels, President of Samuels International Affiliates, who was accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Glas, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel in the US Department of Commerce, was to discuss future CGGC research targeted at identifying new growth strategies for Nicaragua in textiles, including attracting foreign direct investment, that would increase national employment and improve Nicaragua’s overall global market share in this industry.