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US President George Bush has signed into law trade benefits for Haiti, nations of sub-Sahara Africa, and the Andean group.

The bill had faced opposition from business and congressmen who were concerned by what they claim was the re-exportation of largely Chinese textiles sewn in Africa and Haiti in particular.

In a letter to party leaders eight senators from the solidly Republican South wrote that their states already had lost one hundred textile jobs under trade agreements.

But President Bush believes that free trade is good for developing countries and regions like the Caribbean.

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