Kenyan authorities are to impose conditions to discourage importers from bringing sub-standard textile and clothing items into the country.

The move is seen as a way of protecting the local textile industry - by both supporting local manufacturers and encouraging the consumption of locally-made goods. Imports of second-hand clothing in particular have had a devastating effect on the country's textile manufacturing sector.

Speaking at the opening of an Export Processing Zone facility in Mombasa last week, Trade, Tourism and Industry minister Nicholas Biwott explained: "Government is set to progressively impose conditions to discourage importers of second-hand clothes into COMESA countries."

With the company's accreditation to export textile and other apparel products duty and quota-free to the US under the African Growth Opportunity Act, Biwott added that Kenya also needs to develop internationally competitive fabric manufacturing facilities.