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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.

An Epic milestone for apparel made in Ethiopia 4 May 2017

The scale of Ethiopia's ambition to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub is epitomised by the flagship Hawassa Industrial Park, where 60,000 jobs and US$1bn in exports are targeted by the end of next year. In the latest milestone taking it closer to this goal, Hong Kong based Epic Group has completed its first commercial garment shipment to US retailer The Children's Place.

Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 2017

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.

Foreign investment continues in Ethiopia clothing sector 13 Apr 2017

Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2bn in the first six months of the 2016/17 fiscal year, with these financial injections dominated by major Chinese companies – half of which are licensed in textile and garment manufacturing.

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Chinese textile giant Wuxi investing in Ethiopia 13 Nov 2017

Chinese textile giant, Wuxi No.1 Cotton Mill, has signed an investment agreement with the Ethiopian Government to build an integrated textile plant in the country in a move that could create significant linkages in the African nation’s fast-growing textile and clothing industry.

Africa textile and apparel training programme kicks off 17 Oct 2017

A specialised training programme has launched for entrepreneurs and start-ups in Africa's textile, apparel and accessories industry, as part of plans to increase the continent's competitiveness in the sector.

US-based Trybus Group to open garment factory in Ethiopia 16 Aug 2017

US-based men’s wear producer Trybus Group is expanding its supply chain into Ethiopia, becoming the latest company to set up a new factory in the country.

Ethiopia ends 10-month state of emergency 8 Aug 2017

The Ethiopian government has lifted a 10-month-long national state of emergency imposed last October – in a move that will be welcomed by the many textile and apparel firms investing in and sourcing from the country.

UNIDO $2.9m project to build capacity in Ethiopia textiles 28 Jul 2017

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has signed a EUR2.5m (US$2.9m) project with Italy aimed at capacity building and job creation for youth and women in the textile sector in migration prone areas of Ethiopia.

Bagir completes Ethiopian acquisition 27 Jun 2017

Israel-based tailored clothing maker Bagir Group has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% shareholding in Nazareth Garments, the joint venture owner of its manufacturing site in Nazareth, Ethiopia, in a deal worth US$1.9m.

Africa sourcing event focuses on sustainability 25 May 2017

Sustainability will be the main theme for the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week trade fair later this year in Ethiopia, with a focus on production, the environment and certifications.

Why now is the time to empower women workers in Ethiopia 18 May 2017

As international apparel brands and retailers eye Ethiopia’s potential as a global sourcing hub, research is also underway to look at the best ways to ensure the new jobs created empower women workers.

Brands urged to empower women in sub-Sahara Africa 22 Mar 2017

Building inclusive supply chains through responsible sourcing practices, creating gender-sensitive workplaces, and investing in training and education, are some of the steps apparel brands are being urged to take in order to support women workers in sub-Saharan Africa, a new report suggests.

Bagir takes control of Ethiopia manufacturing site 9 Feb 2017

Ahead of plans to ramp up expansion at its Ethiopian manufacturing site, tailored clothing manufacturer Bagir Group has acquired full ownership of the facility in a deal worth US$1.9m.