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The economic development story of the 20th century was about the East Asian Tigers. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and now China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Bangladesh, have seen extraordinary growth, reductions in poverty, and improvements in living standards by pursuing export-oriented growth strategies. The garment industry, a labour-intensive, low-skill manufacturing process, served as the first step on the industrialization and growth escalator for these countries. Today, as production costs rise in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa offers the last frontier in the search for new apparel sourcing markets. With a strong apparel tradition, a large and entrepreneurial workforce, and an attractive business environment, Kenya is a compelling new sourcing destination for global brands. However, Kenya also has a deep well-spring of talent among fashion designers and small tailors, who can serve both the global, domestic, and regional markets. This report is focused on how Kenyan designers and factories can capitalize on these opportunities.
Hivos East AfricaFreeACTIF Report
Policy Research on the Kenyan Textile Industry, Findings and Recommendations
Within the last 20 years, there has been a significant shift in the national, regional and international policy environment in relation to the Kenyan textile sector. Some of the policies have resulted in positive, negative or have had no impact or effect. The import substitution policies put in operation soon after independence, between 1963 and 1986, coincided with the period during which the textile industry performed well. During that time there was a robust and integrated cotton-textile sector with extensive institutional support mechanisms, public sector participation and elaborate subsidy programmes.
Margaret ChemengichFreeACTIF Report
ACTIF Report on Competitive Supply Side Analysis of CTA Sectors in -Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
This report was developed following a supply side study conducted by ACTIF in collaboration with its member associations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan . The report covers the Cotton, Textile and Apparel sub sectors including support institutions.
Varun Vaid, Wazir AdvisorsFreeACTIF Report
Analysis of Textile & Clothing Training Institutions in the East & Southern Africa
The report an assessment of the existing regional training institutions in Sub Sahara Africa region and recommendations for improvement and a network framework for cooperation and linkages with the overall objective of enhancing the regional value chain and improving the competitiveness of human resource and technology level for Cotton Textile Apparel (CTA) sector institutions.
Dr. Everlyne NgukuFreeACTIF Report
Impact of AGOA in Mauritius Textile & Garment Industry
A detailed overview on the impact of AGOA on our Textile and Apparel exports as well as the economy at large. The report fundamentally shows that AGOA has undeniably contributed to the development of the trade and investment in the Mauritian economy. It also highlights that Mauritius is quite a different case as compared to the other Sub Saharan Countries.
Lilowtee RajmunFreeACTIF Report
Impact of AGOA on Swaziland Textile & Garment Industry
An analysis of the impact and relevance of AGOA to the clothing & textile sectors in Swaziland in preparation for the AGOA Review. Statistical data is provided on the current size & composition of the apparel & textile sectors in Swaziland as well as the pattern of exports to the U.S. since the introduction of AGOA.
Jack KiplingFreeACTIF Report
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