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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...

Why is the used clothing trade a hot-button issue?

Apparel exports from Rwanda to the United States this week lost their duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)...

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...

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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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Strike threat looms for South Africa clothing workers 9 Aug 2018

Leonie Barrie

Workers in South Africa’s cotton textile, woven textile and footwear sectors have agreed to new deals on higher pay – but the threat of a strike looms for 60,000 clothing manufacturing workers after the trade union and industry employers failed to reach a wage settlement after three rounds of negotiations.

US suspends Rwanda duty-free apparel status 31 Jul 2018

Michelle Russell

US President Donald Trump has suspended the application of duty-free treatment for all apparel products from Rwanda due to a trade dispute over the East African country’s increased tariffs on US used clothing and footwear.

Sustainability and technology key to Africa Sourcing show 24 Jul 2018

Michelle Russell

'Sustainability in production' and 'Transformation in technology' are the two main themes of this year's Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week taking place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in October.

Morocco sourcing fair to focus on fast fashion 23 Jul 2018

Michelle Russell

Fast fashion, denim, knitwear and tailoring will be a particular focus of this year's Moroccan sourcing fair – Maroc Sourcing – as the country looks to attract buyers to its two-day event.

Thousands of South Africa footwear workers continue to strike 18 Jul 2018

Michelle Russell

Thousands of South African footwear workers are on strike for a second week, demanding a higher wage increase than is being offered by employers.

Swaziland approved for AGOA apparel benefits 5 Jul 2018

Michelle Russell

Eswatini – formerly known as Swaziland – has been approved for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after adopting an effective visa system and procedures to prevent the unlawful transshipment of textile and apparel.

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