Global brands sign contracts with Kenyan apparel units

2017/10 28 08:10

Top global fashion brands are raising the profile of Kenya’s export processing zones (EPZs) by signing production contracts with apparel manufacturers there. Calvin Klein, Arrow, Izod and Cherokee are some such labels that have signed such contracts. These brands are looking to source more of their clothing items from Africa to reduce their reliance on […]

117 finish USAID training for Kenyan apparel sector jobs

2017/10 23 07:10

Hundred and seventeen Kenyan trainees cleared a course on technical and soft skills organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s new apparel workforce skills development programme at three training centres in Nairobi, Jumvu and Mtwapa. Similar training is under way at other locations as well. Thirty graduates […]

Kenyan task force to commercialise transgenic cotton

2017/10 19 12:10

Kenya recently set up a national task force to oversee the commercialisation of transgenic cotton in the next five years. According to cabinet secretary for agriculture, livestock and fisheries Willy Bett, Kenyan farmers will start cultivating Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton in 2019 once the task force establishes structures to support that endeavour. Controlled field trials […]

117 finish USAID training for Kenyan apparel sector jobs

2017/10 19 12:10

Hundred and seventeen Kenyan trainees cleared a course on technical and soft skills organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s new apparel workforce skills development programme at three training centres in Nairobi, Jumvu and Mtwapa. Similar training is under way at other locations as well. Thirty graduates […]

USAID signs agreement with Fromtu to boost African trade

2017/09 13 08:09

Courtesy: East Africa Trade and Investment Hub The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently signed an agreement with Fromtu, a new business-to-business platform owned and operated by the global shipping and logistics giant Maersk Group, to provide technical support and market intelligence. Maersk aims at simplifying […]

USAID boosts skilled labour in Kenyan apparel sector

2017/09 02 17:09

USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub has started an initiative to train 2,000 Kenyan youth for full-time sewing machine operator jobs. The trained youth will help tackle the problem of skilled labour that hinders Kenya’s apparel industry growth. Large apparel firms, such as Mombasa Apparel and Africa Apparel EPZ, are hosting the training centres. […]

New transgenic cotton variety soon for Kenyan farmers

2017/08 08 09:08

A genetically-modified cotton variety with high resistance to boll worm infestation will be released to farmers in Kenya soon. The high-yielding, drought-resistant Bt cotton, which is being cultivated in Burkina Faso and South Africa, brings high financial returns, according to Charles Waturu, director of Horticultural Research Institute in Thika. The variety will be initially released […]

Brazil to promote cotton growth in East Africa

2017/07 13 09:07

Brazilian government has taken the initiative to boost the production of cotton in East Africa by improving the techniques of cotton farming and through training professionals. Assistance to cotton farmers with the availability of better cotton varieties, irrigation projects, and transparent pricing will boost cotton production in African countries. Cotton Victoria Project, a partnership between […]

USAID signs grant to create 2000 apparel jobs in Kenya

2017/07 11 13:07

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) has signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative. It aims to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry. Working […]

LMW to help Rivatex compete globally

2017/06 21 06:06

Indian firm Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd (LMW) will modernise Eldoret, Kenya based Rift Valley Textile Mills (Rivatex EA) to help it compete with its global counterparts. The Indian government has granted Sh3.016 billion to the textile mill for technology upgrade and the funds provided by India are expected to expand the mill's productivity. The modernisation […]

East Africa agrees on tax waiver for textile inputs

2017/06 09 04:06

The six-nation East African Community (EAC) comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda has agreed to a three-year tax waiver of duties and value added tax (VAT) on textile raw materials, fabrics and accessories that are not available locally. This step is expected to reduce the cost of production and also boost local […]

East Africa mulls levying steep tax on clothing imports

2017/05 31 17:05

The East African Community (EAC) comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, is contemplating increasing tax on clothing and footwear imports. A report commissioned on the two sectors by the EAC has recommended raising taxes by up to 50 per cent to reduce imports and help revive the region’s ailing textile and leather […]