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Lesotho risks garment job losses if AGOA lapses

An estimated one-third of Lesotho's textile and clothing production will be decimated if the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is no...

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...

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

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

Major Ethiopia textile build experiences delays 24 Mar 2015

Matthew Newsome

The Ethiopian Textile Association has insisted the construction of a major textile factory by Bangladesh's DBL Group will proceed, despite delays.

South Africa to grow grass for recyclable textiles 25 Feb 2015

Leonie Barrie

An initiative is launching next month in South Africa to grow a new type of grass that can be used to create zero-waste recyclable textiles.

Ciel Textiles H1 boosted by woven performance 16 Feb 2015

Michelle Russell

Ciel Textiles, the Mauritius-listed clothing business which supplies a number of European retailers, saw earnings increase in its first-half, driven by a strong performance from its woven division.

Uganda joins Cotton made in Africa initiative 5 Feb 2015

Katie Smith

Uganda has become the latest country to sign up to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative, in a bid to improve the competitiveness of its domestic cotton.

Kenya strike over but further action looms 20 Jan 2015

Michelle Russell

Over 7,000 Kenyan garment workers returned to work this week following an eight-day strike over the dismissal of 120 workers from Ashton Apparels, but further action has been threatened.

Phase Eight sold to South Africa's Foschini Group 16 Jan 2015

Michelle Russell

UK retail group Phase Eight has been sold to South African retail group The Foschini Group (TFG) in a deal worth GBP238m (US$362.3m).

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