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

  • Sales of readymade garments are expected to rise by more than 20% in the Indian city of Indore this festive season, due to a rise in demand from neighbouring states and a strong local market. Indore, which is known for its kidswear, has seen an increase in orders for both mens and womenswear with festival demand boosting sales of traditional wear. Indore is home to more than 3,000 garment manufacturing units and local manufacturers are expecting to see a jump in sales from October due to festivals such as Navratri and Diwali. TIMES OF INDIA
  • Textile investor Albert Supply Ltd and leather products manufacturer Rwantan Ltd have entered the Rwandan textile market as the country prepares to phase out secondhand clothes and shoes. The companies have acquired 2.5 hectares in Kigali's Special Economic Zone, on a 20-year sub-lease agreement with the government. In Rwanda there are few local producers of affordable quality garments and shoes to serve the local market, Utexrwa, the government's only garment maker, does not have the capacity to meet the quality and volumes demanded. The Rwandan government says it has planned interventions to develop and strengthen the capacity of the textile, apparel and leather sectors. ALL AFRICA

  • More than two months after the manufacturing operation's closure, the South Korean owner of Hla Won Htet Tha garment factory has paid his 85 former employees in full, according to the Hlaing Tharyar township Labour Relations Department. The Korean-owned factory opened in the Shwe Lin Ban industrial zone in 2013 and closed its doors on June 25 of this year, without a plan for how to compensate the laid-off workers. The workers were given salaries for their work through June, but not their severance payments, which are required by law. MYANMAR TIMES

  • At least 120,000 tonnes of cotton has been bought from farmers in Tanzania's Western Zone, where 99% of the country's cotton is produced annually, the cotton board has confirmed. However, the board adds the quality of this year's cotton has dropped across all the districts, attributing the poor quality to farmers adding foreign particles to the produce in their bid to cheat on the weight. Farmers reportedly went to the extent of adding water and stones. ALL AFRICA

  • The federal government says plans are underway for Nigerian military and para-military personnel to use made in Nigeria textile for their uniforms. Speaking at the 28th Annual National Education Conference of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and the Nigerian Textile, Garment and Tailoring Employers Association (NTGTEA) the minister of trade, industry and investment, Hajiya A'isha Abubakar, said the government, worried by the state of the textile industry in the country, would revive the sector by ensuring that made in Nigeria textile was patronised by Nigerians. ALL AFRICA

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