US apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has said it continues to investigate opportunities in East Africa, with plans to increase its sourcing base in the region. 

A spokesperson for VF told just-style the company recently visited and met with suppliers and local government to better understand the region's potential, with a focus on Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.

“We do intend to ultimately increase our sourcing base and presence in the region, and currently our focus is on working with our local partners to build capacity in safe and secure facilities that meet the high expectations we have for all VF suppliers,” he said. 

The comments come four months after VF confirmed its interest in Africa as it continues to create a "balanced portfolio" of countries where it can manufacture its products. 

VF has been manufacturing uniforms in Kenya for the past two years and in November last year said it was looking to move into Ethiopia. 

Speaking in July, chief executive Eric Wiseman said: "Africa is a place that interests us. It is emerging on the scene and it is kind of a new place for the apparel and footwear industry to go to – and we are there in a very small way trying to learn what role that may have in our future." 

IN THE MONEY: VF Corp confirms interest in Africa sourcing

Click on the following links for further insight on East Africa's potential as an apparel sourcing region, including coverage from last month's Origin Africa event in Addis Ababa. 

All eyes on Ethiopia as an emerging sourcing hub 
Sourcing in East Africa: Collaboration key to success