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Experts point way ahead for African textile sector 19 Sep 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa may not have been the most fertile ground for technological innovation in the clothing, textile and fibre sectors, but speakers at the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) conference in Nairobi, Kenya had no shortage of ideas on the best way ahead.


Technology inertia is stalling Africa's clothing industry 18 Sep 2018

A reluctance by Africa’s clothing and textile industries to adopt new technology has not only slowed growth in the sector, but is also potentially pushing companies towards stagnation, an international conference has heard.


Kenya export drive eyes surge in US garment shipments 10 Aug 2018

Kenya’s government has unveiled a raft of export development and promotion initiatives that it hopes will almost double the country’s apparel shipments to the United States over the next five years.


Textiles and apparel key to Kenya 10-year growth plan 14 Oct 2015

The Kenyan government has earmarked the textile, apparel and leather sectors as key drivers of major economic growth under a decade-long plan to transform the country into a newly industrialising middle-income nation.


PSF 2015: The stars are aligning for apparel from Africa 2 Apr 2015

Africa’s potential as a primary source for the production of textiles and apparel has been a topic of discussion for several years – although turning talk into action has been slow. But if global brands, manufacturers and mills could come together and build vertical supply chains on the continent, they would set themselves up with a sourcing hub for the future.

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US, Kenya establish trade and investment group 30 Aug 2018

The US and Kenya have established a working group designed to explore ways to deepen trade and investment ties and begin to lay the groundwork for a stronger future trade relationship.


Asos fabric waste helping young women in Kenya 28 Aug 2018

UK online fashion retailer Asos is continuing its sustainability and ethical work with a new initiative that uses off-cuts from its fabric to produce sanitary towels for young women and girls in Kenya.


Union success in growing Kenya's garment sector 25 Jun 2018

Global union IndustriAll has hailed the success of one of its Kenyan affiliates in helping to grow the country's garment and textile sector.


Kenya textile exporters get boost with US access deal 22 Dec 2017

A new partnership between the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and the US-based Centre of International Private Enterprise (CIPE) should help more than 2,000 small businesses export products such as leather items and textiles into the American market.


UN efforts could boost transition to a circular economy 18 Dec 2017

The latest efforts by the United Nations could help apparel brands and retailers transition to a circular economy where products along the whole value chain are repaired, reused and recycled.


Kenya apparel sector gets workforce training boost 23 Oct 2017

Kenya’s apparel and textile sector is receiving a boost thanks to a new training scheme that is expected to train around 2,000 individuals for careers in the industry.


US funding to create 2,000 apparel jobs in Kenya 13 Jul 2017

Around 2,000 young people in Kenya are set to receive training in the clothing industry thanks to a new pilot programme backed by the US government to help address the skills gap that currently hinders growth in the country’s apparel sector.


Asos Made in Kenya range makes a return 6 Apr 2017

Online apparel retailer Asos has once again partnered with African clothing workshop SOKO Kenya to release its latest sustainable fashion collection.


Kenya bid to maintain EU duty-free market access 6 Sep 2016

Kenya and Rwanda have signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) in Brussels in a bid to persuade other East African Community states to do the same.


Kenya concern at imminent end to EU duty-free status 11 Aug 2016

Concern is growing in Kenya that its clothing manufacturing industry will no longer benefit from the European Union’s ‘market access regulation’ from 1 October, which has granted its exporters duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market since 2008.