The Global Free For All

If you buy a pair of tennis shorts from New Jersey-based Sportif USA Inc., chances are the label will say "Made in Sri Lanka." That's because in 1992 the late Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa issued an edict outlining the steps his nation's garment factories would take to compete with other Asian producers. A top priority: In a country with only one phone line for every 200 people--among the lowest ratios in the world--Premadasa required that every factory have two: one for a phone, a second for a fax machine.

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