Date of Award
Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
School of Graduate Studies
More and more foreign companies have been looking to Bolivia, located in the heart of South America, as the ideal offshore production location to reduce operating costs. Investors are impressed to find very competitive labor rates, high productivity, low turnover and low absenteeism. The average wage for a factory worker is about 100 dollars per month.' Although the literacy rate is low, the work force has a tradition of manual dexterity, train ability and high work ethics.
The country's attractiveness as a manufacturing location is further increased because Bolivia does not have apparel quotas. In addition, special treaties and agreements are being developed to provide preferential access to the United States and European markets.
Companies looking to source export quality garments can find an attractive existing manufacturing facilities in place from which to undertake draw-back or full package contracting. There are sources, like Bolivinvest which provides free technical assistance to help you develop suppliers to fulfill your specific needs.
Mercado, L. (1995). Will a women's manufacturing clothing operation be feasible in La Paz, Bolivia? [Master's thesis, Lynn University]. SPIRAL. https://spiral.lynn.edu/etds/9