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How to support a virtuous sourcing circle in Ethiopia 24 May 2019

From Bangladesh to Ethiopia, garment manufacturing is a potential path to economic development. But this will only happen if Western brands and retailers adopt specific sourcing practices, according to Dorothée Baumann-Pauly and Auret van Heerden from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights.

Worker turnover and unrest undermines Ethiopia sourcing 9 May 2019

High worker turnover in Ethiopian garment factories means brands often end up paying more to source from the country than other low cost locations, according to a new report – which is calling on global brands and retailers to take steps to align their business practices with realities.

Africa continues to face challenges to reach full potential 15 Oct 2018

Speakers and exhibitors at the recent Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week are optimistic at the continent's capability in the textile and apparel sector – but concur that many challenges remain before it can reach its full potential.

TPP demise helps propel fabric mills to Ethiopia 8 May 2017

Textile investment is pouring into Ethiopia, helped by the shared vision of brands, manufacturers and fabric mills, government support, preferential trade deals, investments in infrastructure, low costs – and an unexpected windfall from the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

How Ethiopia's flagship textile and apparel park is taking shape 5 May 2017

The Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) – the flagship facility in the government's vision to grow Ethiopia into a world-leading production hub and a blueprint for similar parks across the country – is taking shape, as just-style's managing editor Leonie Barrie found on a recent visit.

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Workers strike at Ethiopia's Hawassa Industrial Park 15 Mar 2019

Thousands of workers at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, the country's flagship textile and apparel production base, are reported to be on strike as part of wider unrest across the city.

Proposals to tackle low wages in Ethiopian garment factories 14 Mar 2019

Workers in Ethiopian garment factories are continuing to earn chronically low wages and are discriminated against for union affiliations, a new survey has revealed.

Label specialist ITL sets up operations in Ethiopia 16 Jan 2019

Apparel label business ITL Intelligent Label Solutions has become the latest firm to set up premises in Ethiopia's Hawassa Industrial Park in a move it claims makes it the first global apparel label manufacturer to establish a factory in the country.

Ethiopia industrial park progress continues apace 8 Jan 2019

Two more industrial parks have been inaugurated in Ethiopia as the government continues its vision to transform the country into a world-leading apparel and textile hub.

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

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. 

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

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

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.

Calzedonia opens US$15m plant in Ethiopia 23 Oct 2018

Italian hosiery manufacturer Calzedonia has officially opened its ITACA Textile factory at the Mekelle Industrial Park in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia plans three more industrial parks to grow apparel production 10 Oct 2018

Another three parks dedicated to textile and garment production are to be opened in Ethiopia, according to press reports.

Chinese textile firms step up Ethiopia sourcing 24 Sep 2018

Major Chinese textile firms are stepping up sourcing and investment plans in Ethiopia as increasing trade tensions between the US and Beijing create an incentive for the East Asian country to look at alternative sourcing destinations.