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Kenyan textile industry seeks govt support
Jun '11
Kenyan textile sector has claimed that absence of supportive Government policies is pushing the sector to the wall. The cotton value chain players have urged the Government to provide incentives to boost industry's competitiveness in domestic as well as international market.

In spite of its past success, the industry is currently under pressure due to rising production cost and flooding of second hand clothing in the country through imports.

All this came out during a recently held workshop intended at finding ways for developing the textile industry value chain. The workshop tried to look for ways to raise institutional capacity of textile firms by boosting professionalism in the industry, which would help the industry to enhance its productivity and penetrate into newer markets.

Besides, Kenya can even gain knowledge from Mauritius' experience in the industry. Textile industry forms one of the main pillars of the Mauritian economy. With an aim to beat widespread unemployment in the country, the Mauritian Government had created the export processing zone in 1971. Since then, the garment industry has changed drastically and now has a highly skilled work force and effective management practices.

However, despite having access to big domestic and provincial markets, Kenya is facing difficulty in developing a competitive textile and garment industry.

The Kenyan Government last year slashed the import duty on second hand clothing, which, according to the domestic producers, would wipe out the local industry.

The workshop will be organized every year in Kenya so as to boost competitiveness of textiles by improving value propositions of the supply chain, raising productivity, and improving quality and marketability of products.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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