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Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, texti...

African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive

Greater integration and cooperation among African states is needed to boost business and investment in the continent's cotton, textiles and...

African apparel makers must plan for renewed AGOA

There are growing opportunities in the US for African clothing and textile producers, but a long-term preferential trade agreement is needed...

MAURITIUS SNAPSHOT: Textile and apparel industry

Mauritius (officially the Republic of Mauritius), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000km off the southeast coast of the Afric...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Jean-Francois Limantour, CEDITH 2 Jul 2013

Stuart Todd

Jean-François Limantour, president of the Cercle Euro-méditerranéen des Dirigeants Textile-Habillement (CEDITH), talks to just-style about how the North African/Tunisian textile and apparel export industry is faring after the Arab Spring uprisings of two years ago.


Speaking with style: Brian Brink, Texfed 3 Oct 2008

just-style.com

South African restrictions on imports of Chinese textiles and clothing have not come to the rescue of the country’s ailing textile sector as effectively as had been hoped. Brian Brink, executive director of South African industry group Textile Federation (Texfed), tells just-style why firms continues to struggle.

Latest News

Madagascar and Guinea eligible for AGOA benefits 15 Dec 2014

Leonie Barrie

Madagascar and Guinea are now eligible for textile and apparel benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after adopting effective visa systems and related procedures to prevent unlawful trans-shipments and the use of counterfeit documents.


Bagir completes Ethiopia factory investment 25 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

Formal wear tailoring firm Bagir Group has completed its investment in an Ethiopian production facility, which it says will give it a competitive edge to produce high quality garments for export.


Woven performance boosts Ciel Textiles Q1 profit 14 Nov 2014

Katie Smith

An improved performance at its woven cluster helped Ciel Textiles, the Mauritius-listed clothing business which supplies a number of European retailers, to record an increase in first-quarter net profit.


H&M disputes Ethiopia cotton land-grabbing claims 12 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz has instructed its suppliers to ensure they do not use cotton from the Omo Valley region of Ethiopia, where there is an increased risk of land-grabbing - but admits it but cannot provide an absolute guarantee.


H&M supports social change in Ethiopia 10 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

Fast fashion retailer H&M is joining forces with Swedish investment company Kinnevik to invest SEK8.8m (US$1.2m) over the next three years to help drive social change in Ethiopia.


CmiA cotton "saves water and greenhouse gas" 7 Nov 2014

Leonie Barrie

A new lifecycle assessment of all steps involved in the production of cotton from the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative has confirmed its positive environmental impact.

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