Zimbabwe is to benefit from a reported EUR11m (US$15m) fund set up by the European Union to revive the country's clothing and textile industry.

The country, which is in the second and last stage for considerations, will benefit from the development of a cotton-to-clothing strategy, which aims to enhance development and competitiveness of the sector.

Funded by the EU and the African, Caribbean & Pacific Group of States (ACP), and implemented by the International Trade Centre, the cotton-to clothing strategy will also provide Zimbabwe with an improved policy framework and detailed implementation plan.

The strategy development process was launched in April. A second and more detailed consultation is taking place this week in Harare to take the process a step further. This will serve to define the orientation of the sector strategy and the operational imperatives required to achieve these objectives.

Zimbabwe will also benefit as a member state of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), which has received $110m from the EU to support regional economic integration programmes. It forms part of the $1.8bn the EU has earmarked to finance regional cooperation in the eastern and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean island States.

Infrastructure projects are among priority projects to be considered, including power interconnectors, one stop border posts, and roads and bridges construction on the key transit corridors.