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Africa faces challenges in reaching full potential

Speakers and exhibitors at the recent Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week are optimistic at the continent's capability in the textile and appar...

Experts point way ahead for African textile sector

Sub-Saharan Africa may not have been the most fertile ground for technological innovation in the clothing, textile and fibre sectors, but sp...

Technology inertia stalls Africa clothing industry

A reluctance by Africa’s clothing and textile industries to adopt new technology has not only slowed growth in the sector, but is also poten...

Kenya export drive eyes surge in US shipments

Kenya’s government has unveiled a raft of export development and promotion initiatives that it hopes will almost double the country’s appare...

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Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

Interview: Jean-Francois Limantour, president, CEDITH 2 Jul 2013

Stuart Todd

Jean-François Limantour, president of the Cercle Euro-méditerranéen des Dirigeants Textile-Habillement (CEDITH), talks to just-style about how the North African/Tunisian textile and apparel export industry is faring after the Arab Spring uprisings of two years ago.

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Calzedonia opens US$15m plant in Ethiopia 23 Oct 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Italian hosiery manufacturer Calzedonia has officially opened its ITACA Textile factory at the Mekelle Industrial Park in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia plans three more industrial parks to grow apparel production 10 Oct 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Another three parks dedicated to textile and garment production are to be opened in Ethiopia, according to press reports.

Chinese textile firms step up Ethiopia sourcing 24 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

Major Chinese textile firms are stepping up sourcing and investment plans in Ethiopia as increasing trade tensions between the US and Beijing create an incentive for the East Asian country to look at alternative sourcing destinations.

PVH wins award for sustainable operations in Ethiopia 13 Sep 2018

Leonie Barrie

Apparel giant PVH Corp has received an Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) from the US Secretary of State in recognition of its role as lead investor in the apparel manufacturing facility at Hawassa in Ethiopia.

Shandong Ruyi to invest US$2bn in Nigeria cotton operation 12 Sep 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Chinese textiles giant Shandong Ruyi has inked a US$2bn deal with the Nigerian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for the country's first ever cotton value chain from growing to garment making.

Swaziland garment workers protest over wages 7 Sep 2018

Michelle Russell

More than 10,000 workers from garment and textile factories in Swaziland producing for South Africa and the US have taken mass action over low wages.

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