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Sourcing Apparel From Kenya And Ethiopia

Sourcing Apparel From Kenya And Ethiopia


The international apparel community is showing growing interest in sourcing from Kenya and Ethiopia. Reasons for this include duty-free access to key markets, attractive investment incentives and low wage rates compared with countries in Asia. Consequently, there is a focus on transferring technology and management knowhow from Asia to Kenya and Ethiopia by means of foreign direct investment (FDI). In Ethiopia in particular, a large number of high profile brand names have started sourcing apparel from the country. This report provides an overview of the textile and clothing industries in Kenya and Ethiopia, and highlights the challenges and opportunities that the industries face. Also, the report includes profiles of selected clothing companies in Kenya and discusses the competition they face from neighbouring countries. Furthermore, the report includes information on investments made in Ethiopia by major foreign textile and clothing companies.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION: KENYA AND ETHIOPIA COMPARED
    • Geographical profile
    • Development status
    • Textile and clothing industries as generators of employment
    • Access to the US and EU markets
    • Regional integration and cooperation
    • Shared characteristics
  • KENYA: TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
    • Importance of the textile and clothing industry in Kenya
      • Table Kenya: impact of Agoa on the EPZ clothing industry, 2009-13
    • Export diversification
      • Table Kenya: leading export markets for apparel and accessories, 2013
    • Positive test: Kenyan garment exports to Denmark
    • Extension of Agoa
    • Growing interest in sourcing from Kenya
    • CherryField Sesby
    • Li & Fung
    • Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH)
    • Major challenges facing the Kenyan clothing industry
      • High electricity costs
    • High wage levels
    • Rising imports of second hand clothing
    • Apparel exporters in Kenya's EPZ
  • PROFILES OF SELECTED KENYAN CLOTHING COMPANIES
    • Africa apparels
    • Atraco Group
    • Global Apparels Kenya (EPZ)
    • New Wide Garments Kenya EPZ
    • United Aryan EPZ
  • SHIFT IN TEXTILE AND GARMENT MANUFACTURING FROM KENYA TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
  • ETHIOPIA: TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY
    • Table Ethiopia: no of employees in the textile and clothing industrya, 2006/07-2010/11
    • Table Ethiopia: largest textile and clothing companies, July 2014
    • High profile public investments
    • Textile Industry Development Institute (TIDI)
    • Bole Lemi textile industrial zone
    • Factor costs
    • Major strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Wave of investments
    • Textile machinery manufacturers visit Ethiopia
  • SELECTED MAJOR FOREIGN INVESTORS IN THE ETHIOPIAN TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY
    • Arvind
    • Ayka Textile
    • Bagir Group
    • Calzedonia
    • DBL
    • Else Addis Industrial Development
    • Eshet Engineering and the Ministry of Industry
    • H&M
    • Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co
    • Kanoria Chemicals & Industries
    • Saygin Group
    • Kenya-based companies
    • Asian companies which have invested in the Bole Lemi textile zone
  • FURTHER INFORMATION

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