The Synthetic and Rayon Textiles Exports Promotion Council has set its sights on Africa as the 'new' export destination for manmade fibre textile exports.

Under the government's Focus Africa campaign the Council plans to study market size and potential in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Mauritius. It will also promote Indian manmade textiles through exhibitions in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana in 2002-03.

Speaking last week at a seminar on 'Trends in International Marketing and Strategic Tools to Boost Exports of MMF textiles,' SRTEPC chairman Sanjeev Saran said the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is opening opportunities for MMF textile exports in African regions.

Between April 2001 and January 2002, India's manmade fibre textile exports to African countries was Rs251.65 crore, marginally up from last year's Rs 246.27 crore.