Blog: Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality
Michelle Russell | 10 December 2014
Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.
Theoretically, all the necessary ingredients are available to transform Ethiopia into an internationally competitive textile nation. According to the Growth and Transformation Plan launched in mid-2010, during the fiscal year 2013-14 Ethiopia should have exported textile articles worth US$435m. Exports, however, only reached a quarter of this, at US$111m, with very low wages being counterbalanced by low labour productivity.
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