Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Forge global pacts, minister tells Kenyan enterprises
Forge global pacts, minister tells Kenyan enterprises
15
Jul '15
Amina Mohamed (left) at FFD/ Courtesy: Petterik Wiggers
Amina Mohamed (left) at FFD/ Courtesy: Petterik Wiggers
Kenyan cabinet secretary (minister) for foreign affairs and international trade Amina Mohamed has urged Kenyan enterprises to forge strategic partnerships with global companies in order to gain access to global value chains, according to media reports.

Speaking in a panel discussion on "'Financing for Impact: Investing in sustainable fashion value chain" at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD) in Addis Ababa earlier this week, she said that through such partnerships, Kenyan products have been able to find their way to leading stores internationally.

FFD is the launch-pad of a renewed and strengthened global partnership for financing sustainable development with a focus on people. FFD will provide a crucial contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, which world leaders are set to agree upon in New York in September, and will form the basis for discussions on climate change in Paris in December.

Amina attributed the growing success of Kenya's fashion industry to collaboration with several global fashion outlets and personalities. "Additionally, partnerships have availed the much needed capacity-building through training and technology transfer," she added.

The minister cited the collaboration between Kenyan artisans with Vivienne Westwood, an English fashion designer and businesswoman, as an example of a successful partnership which has enabled Kenyan enterprises to connect to the global value chain.

"Over the past five years, Vivienne Westwood's involvement has supported thousands of micro-producers of bags and accessories, especially in Kenya, in developing their skills and improving their financial prospects," said Amina.

She also cited the partnership with Mifuko, a Finnish design company which works along a Helsinki-Nairobi axis. "Mifuko products are created by Finnish artists, but are made in and inspired by Kenya," she said.

She said the Kenyan government had put in place the necessary framework for partnerships and mergers.

"A framework that enables and facilitates mergers and partnerships is already in place in Kenya. The framework is handy for SMEs and other enterprises that experience difficulties in connecting to global value chains," said Amina. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 24th Jan 2017

Textile industry demands relaxation of laws from Budget

The upcoming Union Budget 2017-18 should focus on relaxing certain...

President Donald Trump; Courtesy: White House

Textiles | On 24th Jan 2017

US sets ball rolling for withdrawal from TPP

President Donald Trump has set the ball rolling for withdrawal of the ...

Textiles | On 24th Jan 2017

Indian cotton consumption estimated at 290 lakh bales: CAI

The domestic consumption of cotton during the crop season 2016-17...

Interviews View All

Neel Sawhney
One Friday

‘The share of kidswear segment in the online sector is still small in...

Manfred Mentges
Sedo Treepoint GmbH

We see a higher demand in colour management systems, as customers see big...

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek
Kannbar

‘Blending cultures is the true beauty of fashion, where one’s imagination...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
January 2017

January 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search