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Tunisia garment sector adds concerns over Covid-19

Tunisia’s textile and garment sector is warning of major commercial and humanitarian damage because of production stoppages and order cancel...

Morocco redefines its role in fashion production

Morocco's textile and garment industry is undergoing an intense process of redevelopment to better align with industry demands in areas from...

A tipping point for East Africa's clothing chain?

Two potential windows of opportunity are simultaneously opening for the East African cotton-to-clothing supply chain: the African Continenta...

Mauritius & Madagascar boost garment manufacturing

The governments of Mauritius and Madagascar are intensifying their efforts to improve cooperation between the textile and clothing sectors o...

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Rwanda steps into Africa’s apparel sourcing mix – Interview 18 Sep 2019

Leonie Barrie

For years now, Ethiopia has garnered the spotlight for its ambitions to become the world’s next big destination for textile and fashion production. But another East African country – Rwanda – is also gearing up for a slice of the action, with the country’s newest export-led garment factory quickly making up for lost time.

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.

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US signals intent to start Kenya trade talks 30 Mar 2020

Michelle Russell

The Office of the US Trade Representative has put the wheels in motion on the beginnings a potential trade deal with Kenya after informing Congress of its intent to start negotiations with the East African country.

Full pay for South Africa clothing workers during virus lockdown 27 Mar 2020

Leonie Barrie

80,000 clothing and textile workers in South Africa are set to receive full pay for the next six weeks as part of a landmark package agreed as the country goes into lockdown to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. 

Half-year earnings slip at Woolworths on womenswear weakness 20 Feb 2020

Hannah Abdulla

South African retailer Woolworths has reported a 17.7% fall in half-year profits on the back of weakness in womenswear sales.

US apparel industry welcomes Kenya trade talks 10 Feb 2020

Michelle Russell

The US apparel and footwear industry has welcomed the Administration’s negotiations with Kenya for a potential trade agreement that it says would further certainty for global supply chains.

West Africa gets first organic cotton ginning plant 5 Feb 2020

Michelle Russell

West and Central Africa have their first organic cotton ginning plant, a move designed to boost the regions’ textile industries.

Woolworths warns on H1 as Levi's Bagattini named CEO 28 Jan 2020

Hannah Abdulla

South African retailer Woolworths has warned on profits for the half-year after sales were impacted by a "constrained economic environment" and unseasonal weather, which impacted December trade.

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