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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.

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.

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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.

PVH wins award for sustainable operations in Ethiopia 13 Sep 2018

Apparel giant PVH Corp has received an Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) from the US Secretary of State in recognition of its role as lead investor in the apparel manufacturing facility at Hawassa in Ethiopia.

Sustainability and technology key to Africa Sourcing show 24 Jul 2018

'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.

Ethiopia meeting stirs debate on living wages 25 May 2018

The debate on better wages and collective bargaining for textile and garment workers continued this week with discussions in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Unions campaign for Ethiopia garment wage increase 16 May 2018

Unions have launched a campaign aimed at securing better wages and worker rights for those employed in Ethiopia’s textile and garment industry.

British textile firm latest to invest in Ethiopia 9 Feb 2018

British textile and agricultural raw material firm Intrade UK Ltd is investing US$100m in a textile and garment factory in Ethiopia.

Hela Clothing increasing investment in Ethiopia 22 Jan 2018

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturer Hela Clothing is to increase its investment in Ethiopia in a bid to reduce lead times and increase output as it revealed its growth in the country over the last 12 months.

Ethiopia achieves its first organic cotton certification 12 Jan 2018

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%.