The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • The Nigerian government plans to create a production hub and offer tax incentives to help revive the country's cotton, textile and garment industry. Several initiatives to stimulate the sector's growth include tax incentives, a harmonised tax structure, and infrastructure development and financing. THE GUARDIAN [NIGERIA]
  • India has set up an apparel training centre in Nigeria to support the country's textiles industry. The centre is the first of its kind and has been set up in partnership with the Nigerian government in Kaduna, under the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme for Africa which is being implemented by the Indian Department of Commerce. The centre will help rebuild "the cotton and textile value chain and address the need for skilled workforce for domestic as well export-oriented apparel industry in the west African region," said a statement by the Commerce and Industry Ministry. THE ECONOMIC TIMES

  • More than 600 textile dye houses, printing and finishing mills will be  temporarily shut down by the Chinese authorities when the G20 Conference takes place from 4-5 September in Hangzhou. The closures are aimed at controlling air pollution in the lead-up to the summit, which will see China host 20 world leaders. Hangzhou is the capital of China's Zhejiang province and is in close proximity to Shanghai, which has ordered 225 industrial facilities to close between 24 August and 6 September. ECOTEXTILE NEWS

  • India will lend Kenya US$45m to help develop a textile factory and other small industries. "India is Kenya's largest trading partner and the second largest investor here. Even with that, there is a potential to achieve much more," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The deal highlights Kenya's desire to link up with countries that can help improve its manufacturing sector. Kenyatta said $30m of the funds would be used to revive the Rift Valley Textiles Factory, which went out of business in 2000. REUTERS

  • More than 1,000 workers went on strike at a South Korean-owned garment factory in the central province of Quang Nam, Vietnam, earlier this month, demanding the salaries they agreed to when signing contracts. The workers at Panko Tam Thang, a factory under Panko Corporation, said they have been paid less than promised, and the factory lunches are of a low standard. THANH NIEN NEWS

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