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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...

Chinese investors eye new Ethiopia industrial park

Chinese industrialists from Kunshan city, a major clothing manufacturing centre in southeastern Jiangsu province, are eyeing potential inves...

Sustainability underpins Tunisia jeans sourcing

Tunisia is underpinning its success as a jeans supplier by promoting its quality specialist production that employs sustainable environmenta...

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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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Apparel testing lab opens at Ethiopia's Hawassa Industrial Park 29 Nov 2019

Beth Wright

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has opened a new apparel and textile testing laboratory in Ethiopia – one of East Africa's most important textile and garment manufacturing sites.

Ethiopia garment unions agree need for collective action 28 Nov 2019

Beth Wright

Leaders from factory unions in Ethiopia's textile and garment sector have agreed to work together towards a common collective bargaining strategy following a meeting in Addis Ababa this week. 

MAS Holdings set to open a new factory in Kenya 20 Nov 2019

Ramadhan Rajab

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer MAS Holdings is set to open a new factory in Kenya in January, that will create between 3,000 and 3,500 jobs directly, according to the head of the Kenyan export processing zone that will host the facility.

Tunisia clothing, textile exports fall in first ten months 20 Nov 2019

Hannah Abdulla

Tunisia's exports of clothing and textiles during the first ten months to October fell 4.6% to TND7.8bn (US$2.7bn).

Mali now eligible for AGOA third-country fabric provision 5 Nov 2019

Michelle Russell

The US has designated west African country Mali as a lesser-developed beneficiary country under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Cameroon stripped of AGOA benefits for human rights violations 4 Nov 2019

Michelle Russell

US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to strip the Central African country of Cameroon of its benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) over "persistent gross violations of internationally recognized human rights".

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