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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.

African apparel sector needs cooperation to thrive 21 Nov 2014

Greater integration and cooperation among African states is needed to boost business and investment in the continent's cotton, textiles and apparel sector, a three-day industry conference in Nairobi, Kenya, has been told.

Adding value would help grow African cotton sector 25 Nov 2013

Africa's promising cotton sector needs to reinvent itself by adding value, because 65% of the crop it grows is exported as raw material, industry leaders argue.

SOURCING: New strategy to help Africa make its mark in fashion 14 Apr 2010

Cotton, textile and apparel manufacturers in 18 sub-Saharan African countries are backing a new initiative to boost confidence in Africa as a sourcing location and attract new buyers and investors to the region.

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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.

Kenya fashion designers and SMEs set for financial boost 28 Jun 2016

A number of new initiatives, including access of up to US$1m (KES1m) in financing, are underway to help Kenyan designers and small-scale manufacturers tap into the opportunities offered by global apparel value chains.

WTO ministers deliver deal for global cotton 21 Dec 2015

Global ministers have agreed a deal calling for cotton from least developed countries to be given duty-free and quota-free access to the markets of developed countries from January.