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23
May
2019
Nigeria: Central Bank Sets Up Committee to Revive 50 Textile Firms in 4 Years
By: ACTIF
Following the earlier restriction of official forex supply to textile importers to boost local cotton/textile production, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday set up a committee for the revival of the country's cotton, textile and garment industry. While setting up the Textile Revival and Implementation Committee (TRIC) in Abuja, the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele said the target is to revive and set up at least 50 textile companies by 2023.

23
May
2019
Africa turns largest cotton source for Bangladesh
By: ACTIF
African nations have left India behind to turn the largest source of cotton for Bangladesh as domestic spinners and millers aim to cut down their dependence on a single source for this raw material. Bangladesh, the largest importer of cotton in the world, met 37.06 per cent of its requirement for the white fibre from East and West African countries last year.

11
April
2019
Fresh push for states to ratify the Tripartite FTA as deadline draws near
By: ACTIF
The deadline set by the Tripartite Council of Ministers for member States of three regional economic blocs to sign and ratify the tripartite free trade area lapses this month. So far only four countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) tripartite bloc have both signed and ratified the agreement. These are Kenya, Egypt, South Africa and Uganda. A total of 22 out of 26 countries have signed the agreement.

05
April
2019
'Made in Rwanda': How wool is helping Rwanda boost textile exports
By: ACTIF
As early as 10,000 B.C., sheep have done their duty of clothing humanity. As one of the world's oldest textiles, it eventually became the backbone of England's economy in the 12th century. Wool has gradually lost its popularity, and only one percent of it was used globally in 2018. However, despite being a small market, this fiber is starting to make its mark in Rwanda, while also opening opportunities for some of the most vulnerable women in the country.

05
April
2019
Malawi: Cotton Not Affected By Floods - CCM
By: ACTIF
Chikwawa — Cotton Council of Malawi Friday revealed that the recent heavy rains that hit the country has not affected quantity and quality of cotton crops. Cotton Council of Malawi, Executive Director, Cosmas Luwanda to Malawi News Agency (mana) in Chikwawa that only cotton crops in Makhanga area were the ones affected by the rains. He was quick to add that their researchers were on the ground to measure the magnitude of the affected crops.

28
March
2019
Wacy Zacarias on taking back the African textile market
By: ACTIF
Clothes, patterns and evocative prints had always held meaning for Mozambican entrepreneur Wacy Zacarias. From the Capulanas that were passed down to her from her grandmother to her memories of older women draped in customary garb, textiles were a way to assert individuality while paying homage to age-old tradition. But one realisation would change the way Zacarias interacted with African textiles and set her on a path to change the game in her home country and on the continent. “I ended up figuring out that African textiles, in fact, were not really African. They were textiles that were brought to Africa via trade,” she says. “Some of them were an imitation of textiles that existed in West Africa. So they were like the mass-made answer to handmade textiles in West Africa. There are some batik elements in some of them but mostly they were produced in China or actually Holland.”
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