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Kenyan govt keen on expanding textile & apparel sector
Dec '14
Mr. Wilson Songa
Mr. Wilson Songa
The Government of Kenya is keen on developing the textile and apparel sector in the country, by urging some of the largest textile industries to set up their base in Kenya, KBC reported.

Speaking during a stakeholder validation of Export Processing Zones (EPZ) authority, national industrial training authority, machine operators curriculum and trainer’s manual in Nairobi, Industrialization principal secretary Wilson Songa said many textile companies have indicated their intention to relocate into Kenya, and it is therefore imperative that the Government of Kenya prepare the Kenyan population to have the requisite skills to take up the expected new job opportunities.

In order to inculcate skills in the sector, the EPZ authority and the national industrial training authority have signed an agreement that will validate the newly developed curriculum and trainer’s manual that will aid in developing necessary human capital, he said.

Last year, the EPZs helped create 32,000 jobs and exported textile and apparel products worth over Ksh 27 billion, with the majority shipped to the US market under Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Songa said.

He said the Kenyan Ministry has prioritized the textile sector in the industrialization road map. One of the key enablers, under the Industrialization Road map, is enhancement of skills for industrial development. The 22 textile companies based in the EPZs have seen a significant contribution in the country’s economy.

The textile and apparel sector has been identified by the Kenyan Government as one of the sectors that will accelerate the country’s economic growth. (GK)

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