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Egypt forms special council to boost textile industry

08 Feb '22
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Egypt's Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea. Pic: mti.gov.eg

To boost the textile industry in the country, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Egyptian government has set up a Textile Industries Council. The special council will identify the challenges, create an action plan to execute and follow up on the ministry’s strategy to grow the textile sector in Egypt, according to minister Nevine Gamea.

The council is tasked with studying the costs behind production, and it will aim to reduce them while mapping the country’s textile industries and their growth potentials.  

In addition, the council will link complementary industries with top manufacturers, design entrepreneurial trademarks for local and international markets, as well as provide professional training programmes for the qualifying labour force in the textile industry of Egypt.  

“The move aims to coordinate efforts to develop Egypt’s textile industries, within a national drive to raise the competitiveness of the sector’s exports,” Gamea said in a statement issued by her ministry.

Besides Gamea, the members of the council include Kamel Abdel Rahman Hilal, advisor to the minister for industrial projects; Ahmed Mostafa, chairman of the Holding Company for Cotton, Spinning, Weaving and Ready-made Garments; Mahmoud Abdel Samie al-Shamy, representative of the Chamber of Textile Industries on the board of the Federation of Egyptian Industries; Said Ahmed, head of the Export Council of Spinning, Weaving and Home Furnishings; and Marie Louise, head of Apparel Export Council of Egypt. 

According to the country’s ministry of the public enterprises sector, nearly 1.2 million quintals of cotton were sold for EGP six billion in Egypt in the 2021 season under its new trading system, which was started on an experimental basis in 2019. The new trading system is currently expanding across the country.  

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SF)

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