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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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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%.

Ethiopia inaugurates two new industrial parks 14 Dec 2017

Ethiopia will inaugurate two new industrial parks this month, representing an investment of US$315m, as part of the government's long-term vision to become a world-leading apparel and textile hub.

Ethiopia 'Better Mill' programme gets government support 13 Dec 2017

An initiative aimed at promoting sustainable production in Ethiopia's textile sector has received government approval - an achievement seen as crucial to the programme's success.

Union recruitment drive in Ethiopia industrial parks 8 Dec 2017

A recruitment drive in Ethiopia’s garment and textile industrial parks has increased union membership by almost 14,000 workers.

Unions prioritise women workers' rights in Ethiopia 20 Nov 2017

Minimum wages, worker rights for women, collective bargaining and the promotion of health and safety at textile and clothing factories were among the topics discussed at a union building meeting in Ethiopia last week.

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.