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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...

Latest Interviews

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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South Africa eyes master plan for apparel value chain 4 Dec 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The South African Trade and Industry Department is to develop a master plan to grow the clothing and textile and footwear and leather retail value chain.

Ethiopia project helps female garment workers guard against exploitation 30 Nov 2018

Beth Wright

A five-day workshop has been held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week to train women working in the country's growing textile and garment sector on labour law in bid to help them guard against exploitation. 

South Africa trade unions split over minimum wage hike 26 Nov 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The South African parliament has signed off on a minimum wage bill that will see clothing and textile workers receive a wage hike to ZAR20 (US$1.50), but the move has left unions divided with some calling the increase "outrageous".

Ethiopia invests $7bn in infrastructure and power projects 22 Nov 2018

Michelle Russell

Ethiopia is to invest US$7bn in new infrastructure and power supply projects, amid plans by the country's central Government to boost economic growth and investment.

Ethiopia gets US$1.2m boost to accelerate economic growth 21 Nov 2018

Hannah Abdulla

Ethiopia is to receive a US$1.2bn boost from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) to help accelerate the country's economic growth and achieve its vision of becoming a lower-middle-income country – a move expected to attract more foreign investment and raise export revenues.

UN to launch Alliance on Sustainable Fashion next year 20 Nov 2018

Hannah Abdulla

The United Nations (UN) is preparing to launch the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion in March next year, in a bid to create an industry-wide push for action to reduce fashion’s negative social, economic and environmental impacts – and turn it into a driver for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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