9 October 2008 - World's largest retailer Wal-Mart last week announced it will join major US and EU importers in banning Uzbek cotton from its supply chain operations in order to fight forced child labor in the Central Asian country. Effective ban of Uzbek cotton may however prove difficult, given its large share of international market and spinners' habit of mixing fibers from different origins. The move could therefore result in a change in apparel sourcing in coming years, in line with the development of ethical and organic trade and before carbon-footprint measurement becomes an obligation.
5 May 2003 - Already a leading cotton grower, Uzbekistan rapidly became a major textile producer after capacities rapidly expanded in the past five years. Additional investments are expected surging after full convertibility will have been implemented, under pressure from international lenders IMF and EBRD.
22 August 2002 - Uzbekistan this week announced a decisive reform aimed at boosting cotton production and cotton yarn exports, as a consequence.
28 May 2002 - As a result of recent investments, Uzbekistan is rapidly becoming a major player on the cotton yarn market. Shipments to the United States and to the European Union are currently surging.
14 December 2001 - Uzbekistan is successfully developing a major textile industry, thanks to a surge in investments from Western countries and from South Korea. One of the world's largest cotton producers, Uzbekistan intends processing 50% of its annual output by 2005.
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