Job losses predicted in leather industry

7 February 2005

The leather industry could shed significant numbers of jobs in poor and rich countries following a successful WTO Doha Development Round agreement on industrial and textile goods. Its aim is to slash tariffs across the board and in that instance, said a UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report, there will be winners and losers. Increased competition would make rich country leather sector employment fall: by 30% in Japan and by 20% in Canada, for instance. Rationalisation in poor developing countries would also spark job losses in the sector, although of less than 10%, except in Bangladesh, where 13.6% job losses are predicted. Some emerging economies would pick up the slack, however. Bulgaria would 'enjoy export gains in all sectors, particularly leather…', with job numbers rising by 5.2%. South-east Asia's leather industry would boom, boosting sector job numbers by 24.5% and China (plus Hong Kong) would gain 8.2% more leather industry jobs. *

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.