Multi-Fibre Arrangement

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Multi-Fibre Arrangement

An expired international agreement that set quotas on the textiles and clothing developing countries could export to developed countries. The purpose behind the Multi-Fibre Arrangement was to allow developed countries time to adjust to competition from developing countries, which could produce the same textile products much more cheaply. It was thought that developing countries could flood the markets in developed countries with less expensive textiles, which would have had a negative effect on the developed countries' economies. Critics of the Arrangement argued this hampered development. It was in effect from 1974 through the end of 2004. It is formally called the Agreement on Textile and Clothing. See also: World Trade Organization.

Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA)

a trade pact between some 80 developed and DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, introduced in 1974, that regulates INTERNATIONAL TRADE in textiles and clothing through the use of QUOTAS on imports. Its purpose is to give poor countries guaranteed and growing access to markets in Europe and North America but at the same time to ensure this growth does not disrupt the older established textile clothing industries of the developed countries.

The MFA is a form of PROTECTIONISM that discriminates against the interests of the less developed countries, many of which are highly dependent on the textile industries as a leading sector in promoting their ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; it is contrary to the principles of the WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION but has been conveniently ‘exempted’ from that body's rules of good conduct. Under an agreement reached in the ‘Uruguay Round’ of negotiations, however, the MFA was phased out in 2005.

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imports of apparel and textiles under the multifibre arrangement (MFA) ended abruptly in January 2005.
Until 31 December 2004, the WTO Agreement on Textiles and Clothing and its predecessor, the Multifibre Arrangement (MFA), allowed big developed markets like the United States to restrict imports of textiles and clothing through quotas.
The Multifibre Arrangement (MFA) multilaterally regularized the quota-based trade restrictions that characterized this first phase of the liberal trade regime.
Mauritius has also benefited from preferential access of its sugar production and textiles to the European market through the Lome Convention (now the Cotonou Accords) and the Multifibre Arrangement.
1989) Effects of MultiFibre Arrangement on Developing Countries: An Empirical Investigation.
The Uruguay Round brought Multifibre Arrangements to an end.
The Multifibre Arrangement was another, though governments have now undertaken to phase it out.
After two more years the Multifibre Arrangement (MFA-I) was signed by roughly 50 countries on 1st January, 1974.
As the deadline of 31st December 1990 is approaching fast the prospects appear to be dim for an early agreement for reducing trade barriers and specially replacing the 30-year-old Multifibre Arrangement which expires in July 1991.
Hamilton (ed) Textiles Trade and the Developing Countries: Eliminating the Multifibre Arrangement in the 1990s.
The object of this negotiation has been to secure the eventual integration of the textiles and clothing sector-where much of the trade is currently subject to bilateral quotas negotiated under the Multifibre Arrangement (MFA) into the GATT on the basis of strengthened GATT rules and disciplines, over a period of ten years, after which there will be no quotas on textiles and the MFA will cease to exist.