Textile City to Boost Apparel Sector, Economic Growth in Kenya
Written by Winsley Masese | From Standard Media
The Government plans to set up a fully serviced Textile City as part of the ongoing efforts to realign the textile and apparel sector to make it contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth prospects.
The Textile City model to be championed by the Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development will besides foreign investments attraction, be one of the key pillars earmarked as the national job creation platforms.
Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said the efforts would start with attracting investors to set up manufacturing plants within the Export Processing Zones ( EPZ). Mr Mohamed was speaking at the Export Processing Zone Authority ( EPZA) Complex in Athi River, when he hosted a delegation of 40 international garment manufacturing firms Wednesday.
High-ranking executives from PVH and VF Corporation who are some of the world’s largest apparel manufacturing companies, which own and market iconic brands worldwide are leading the delegation.
“Once the manufacturers set their plants in the country and are able to source for materials externally, we can explore ways of reviving the sector backwards,” he said. Part of these will touch on efforts of reviving the ailing cotton industry in the country, and position the country as a key beneficiary of the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa).
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