Abstract The global environment after the expiry of the quota system in textiles and clothing (T&C) trade poses formidable challenges to human development in Pakistan. Increased quality and price competition in the post-ATC scenario provides an opportunity for some segments of the T&C sector – but a threat to the most labour-intensive ones. As quality and quantity of employment were largely ignored factors in the preparations for the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing’s (ATC’s) abolition in Pakistan, potential job and wage losses are feared, in garment manufacturing in particular. Unskilled and female workers are most vulnerable.

ISS Staff Group 3: Human Resources and Local Development
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Policy Brief Series # 21
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Nasim, A, & Siegmann, K.A. (2006). What comes after the quota went? Effects of and responses to the ATC expiry. ISS Staff Group 3: Human Resources and Local Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/32699