The American Apparel & Footwear Association and Fedic, the Moroccan Federation of Leather Industries, have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase business opportunities between their members and boost trade between the two countries. In 2008 American exports to Morocco increased by 31.1 percent compared with 2007 to $1.5 billion, while Moroccan exports to the U.S. grew by 44.1 percent to almost $900 million.