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

  • Japanese venture capital firm Noguchi Holdings has embarked on a joint venture project with Burera District in the Northern Province of Rwanda to build a new garment factory in the area according to local reports. The factory is designed to support the Made-in-Rwanda initiative - an effort toward self-reliance and import substitution - according to the CEO of the garment factory, Jean Marie Niyonzima. The initial investment into the factory is US$1.2m of which Noguchi holds the majority share at 52%. The factory houses 280 machines which will be used to manufacture clothing. ALL AFRICA
  • The Fifth International Apparel Exhibition, also known as Iran Mode 2017, opened this week to boost domestic production, which is dominated by foreign brands. Amin Moqaddam of the Iran Textile Exporters and Manufacturers Association said there have been promising developments in the Iranian clothing industry over the last two years. The quality of textiles has improved as designers have grown more conscious about fashion trends. Currently Iranian apparel production meets less than 30% of domestic demand, but Moqaddam believes Iranian producers have the capacity to increase the share to 70%. The huge volume of foreign clothes smuggled into the country has had a detrimental effect on domestic producers. YARNS AND FIBRES

  • The US market absorbed about 23.11% of non-knit textile products, worth US$5.24m, from the Bali province in July, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has said. "The US market was the highest consumer of Balinese textiles; followed by Singapore, with 14.29%; Australia, with 9.3%; and Hong Kong, with 6.29%," the Bali BPS chairman, Adi Nugroho. Balinese textiles have been highly praised in several countries, because the products are produced manually instead of by machine. ANTARA NEWS

  • Botswana is looking to utilise the full benefits of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and has finalised its national response strategy by identifying sectors for export to the US. The announcement was made by Botswana's assistant minister of trade and industry Biggie Butale at a women's leadership forum in Gaborone.   The strategy will focus on the beef, textile, arts and craft, as well as jewellery sectors. At its peak in 2011, Botswana had over 10 textiles and apparel firms exporting under AGOA. MMEGI ONLINE.

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