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Mauritius clothing sector at a crossroads

The textile and clothing industry in Mauritius is facing tough times and fresh challenges, with exports falling amidst unfavourable currency...

Africa garment industry embarks on digital roadmap

Is Africa prepared for significant change in the way that its clothing and textile manufacturing sector does business, ranging from the desi...

TPP demise helps propel fabric mills to Ethiopia

Textile investment is pouring into Ethiopia, helped by the shared vision of brands, manufacturers and fabric mills, government support, pref...

Ethiopia's flagship apparel park takes shape

The Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) – the flagship facility in the government's vision to grow Ethiopia into a world-leading production hub an...

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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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Ethiopia achieves its first organic cotton certification 12 Jan 2018

Michelle Russell

The first ever organic cotton certificates in Ethiopia have been achieved by 200 of the country's cotton farmers in three districts where yield rates have risen by 100%.

Madagascar knitwear workers protest at enforced unpaid leave 8 Jan 2018

Leonie Barrie

Hundreds of workers at Classic Knitwear in Madagascar are said to be fighting against arbitrary technical unemployment – an enforced three-month unpaid leave imposed by the company, during which a worker cannot change employer.

Kenya textile exporters get boost with US access deal 22 Dec 2017

Michelle Russell

A new partnership between the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and the US-based Centre of International Private Enterprise (CIPE) should help more than 2,000 small businesses export products such as leather items and textiles into the American market.

Burkina Faso cotton sector gets $118m financial boost 21 Dec 2017

Michelle Russell

Burkina Faso's cotton industry has received another boost thanks to EUR107m (US$127m) in financing that will be used to support the purchase of seed cotton from farmers and cooperatives. 

Cameroon cotton sector gets $118m financial boost 19 Dec 2017

Leonie Barrie

Cameroon’s cotton industry has received another boost thanks to EUR100m (US$118m) in financing that will be used to buy raw cotton from farmers and process this into cotton fibre for export.

Mozambique on course as 100% Better Cotton country 18 Dec 2017

Michelle Russell

Mozambique's Government is undertaking an initiative it hopes will enable it to be the first country in the world to produce 100% Better Cotton, revitalising its cotton industry and securing access to new markets.

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