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USAID backs East African firms to become more competitive

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Oct '18
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Hub in East Africa is helping companies in the region become more export competitive by helping them obtain Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certifications, a minimum standard for social compliance, as US textile and apparel buyers want to source from ethical and socially compliant companies.

From November 2018 to March 2019, the Hub will provide direct support in the audit and WRAP certification process, according to a USAID press release. WRAP is a US-based non-profit.

“WRAP certification encompasses almost all the SDGS that the manufacturing sector in Kenya is aiming implement through Global Compact. Hence this accreditation is integral to promote sustainable manufacturing in a globalized society. Wrap will increasingly benefit Kenya manufacturing not only through accreditation to access world market through compliance,” said Simon Wanjohi, head of policy research and advocacy, Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

The Hub’s Trade Promotion and AGOA team conducted three sensitization seminars from October 8 to 11 for East African apparel firms from Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Antananarivo, Madagascar. The workshops offered participants the benefits, procedures and cost for obtaining WRAP certification. (DS)

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