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Assignment 1 : Important Policies and Its Implications
Because the United States has placed quotas on textile and apparel imports for the last thirty years, certain countries, such as China and India, have been able to export to the United States only as much clothing as their respective quotas permit. One effect of this policy was spreading textile and apparel manufacture around the world and preventing any single nation from dominating the world market. As a result, many developing countries, such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Honduras, were able to enter the market and provide much-needed jobs for local workers. The rules, however, have changed: as of January 1, 2005, quotas on U.S. textile imports were eliminated, permitting U.S. companies to import textile supplies from any country they choose.
In your opinion, what effect will the new U.S. policy have on each of the following groups:
US firms that outsource the manufacture of their apparel to companies or subsidiaries located outside of the US.
Textile manufacturers and workers in the following countries:
China
Indonesia
Mexico
United States
American consumers

Assignment 2 : Should Business make AIDS Its Business?
You’re the CEO of a multinational corporation, and one-fourth of your workforce is infected with AIDS. If you had the means to help your workers and their families, would you do it? This is not strictly a hypothetical question: it’s one that’s faced by CEOs of multinational corporations with operations in Africa, parts of China, and India. To find out what some of them have decided, visit the Bloomberg Business Week website and read the article “Why Business Should Make AIDS Its Business. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” Then, answer the following questions:
Why have some multinationals decided to help control AIDS in their workforces
Why have others failed to help?
From a humanitarian perspective, what’s the right thing to do? From a business perspective?
What would you do if you conducted operations in a nation whose government was unwilling or unable to control the spread of AIDS?

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American firms that outsource their manufacture to companies or subsidiaries located in large textile exporting economies like India and China are set to benefit as the removal of the quotas means that they can outsource as much products as possible from the huge textile companies in these two economies, which are known to have well developed manufacturing sectors. However, the American firms outsourcing manufacturing to the countries previously protected from competition by the quotas will face negative impacts because these they will to face stiff and unfair competition from those outsourcing to China and India because the industries in the latter two nations produce more goods and less costs, thus giving them a competitive advantage in the American market.
For textile manufacturers and workers, the impact will depend on the nation the nation in which they are residing when the new policy is implemented. For the case of China, it is most likely that the workers and the manufacturers will benefit more than in the developing nations. In essence, opening up of the American market to...

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