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Kenya: Apparel Firms Face Stiff Competition

Kenya: Apparel Firms Face Stiff Competition

Operators within the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) are facing financial hardships, thanks to reduced orders from American textile dealers.Since January, the apparel manufacturers have been counting every order from the US as a blessing because of the surge in Chinese exports that is threatening companies in developing countries, after export quotas were lifted at the beginning of this year.Eight EPZ firms have folded since and four others are set to call it a day, according to industry sources.Mr Bandu Udalagoma, the managing director of...

01 May 2005
Kenya: A Murky Future for Textile Workers

Kenya: A Murky Future for Textile Workers

The silence in the room was deafening. Thousands of sewing machines lay unused in one of the production units at Upan Wasana, a textile factory located in Ruaraka, on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.The reason for this inactivity: something Kenyans are calling the "Chinese tsunami".Following the conclusion of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Multi-Fibre Agreement on Dec. 31, 2004, Upan Wasana has experienced severe difficulty in competing with lower-priced goods produced in China.The agreement was set up in 1974 to give...

01 May 2005
African Textile Industry Looks to EU, US for Help

African Textile Industry Looks to EU, US for Help

Faced with factory closures and job cuts, African textile players said on Wednesday that they hoped action to limit China's textile exports would give them time to develop their industry.Both the US and EU are looking into limiting Chinese textile imports, which have surged since the end on January 1 of a global quota system that also helped Africa's textile sector grow rapidly thanks to greater access to key US and EU markets.Many of the factories were set up by Asian companies to take advantage of those trade breaks, but the end of the...

29 April 2005
Clothing Sector: China Warns on Action Against its Textile Exports

Clothing Sector: China Warns on Action Against its Textile Exports

China on Friday stressed its opposition to any measures by the United States and Europe to restrict its booming, multi-billion dollar textile exports."Our position is already well known," Zhang Lei, a spokeswoman at the Ministry of Commerce told AFP when asked about US and EU moves Thursday to start proceedings that could limit Chinese textile exports in an effort to protect their domestic industry.Zhang made no further comment but in the past week a series of senior Chinese officials have sharply criticised efforts to limit Chinese textile...

29 April 2005
Growing Chinese Exports Menace Africa Textile Firms

Growing Chinese Exports Menace Africa Textile Firms

Faced with factory closures and job cuts, African textile players said on Wednesday they hoped action to limit China's textile exports would give them time to develop their industry.Both the United States and European Union are looking into limiting Chinese textile imports that have surged since the end on January 1 of a global quota system that also helped Africa's textile sector grow rapidly thanks to greater access to key US and European Union markets.Many of the factories were set up by Chinese and other Asian companies to take advantage...

29 April 2005
USA: Appeals Court Lifts Ban On Threat-Based Textile Safeguards

USA: Appeals Court Lifts Ban On Threat-Based Textile Safeguards

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday lifted an injunction that prevented the US government from ruling on the 12 threat-based China safeguard petitions filed by the US textile industry in 2004.The injunction, which was issued by the US Court of International Trade, has delayed the US government from considering the threat-based cases for four months.With the injunction now lifted, the US government can rule immediately on the threat-based safeguard cases filed on categories where the public comment period has already...

28 April 2005
US Provides Aid Towards COMESA Garment Centre

US Provides Aid Towards COMESA Garment Centre

The US Government has committed Sh2.6 billion to support textile exporters under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Through the US Agency for International Development (USAid), the US government will build a manufacturing training centre in Kenya to cater for eight African countries within the Comesa region. Speaking in Nairobi yesterday during a one-day seminar, US top officials led by Greg Howe, the USAid Regional Sector Advisor, said the centre would help build competitiveness among players to enable them compete in an...

27 April 2005
End of Export Quotas Spell Doom for African Textiles

End of Export Quotas Spell Doom for African Textiles

Textile production often plays a major role in the initial stages of an industrial development process in low-income countries. The usual attractions of textiles for developing countries are that wage costs are low, skill levels required are not too high and, being a labour-intensive industry, it helps to reduce high levels of unemployment.The outstanding success stories in textiles in Africa are Mauritius and, most recently, Lesotho. Mauritius started early and cashed in on the desire of Hong Kong investors to move elsewhere during the...

25 April 2005
Southern Afica: Textile Firms Fighting for Survival

Southern Afica: Textile Firms Fighting for Survival

Southern African textile firms are feeling the effects of the quota system which the World Trade Organisation lifted in January.To fend off the effects, textile managers are lobbying their governments to improve the climate for doing business in the 13-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC).By improving the business climate, they hope that their governments' action would boost the competitiveness of the region's industry on the global textiles market.The removal of the quota restrictions under the World Trade Organisation's...

23 April 2005
Namibia and the Textile Industry: Golden Fleece or Threadbare Hope?

Namibia and the Textile Industry: Golden Fleece or Threadbare Hope?

As thousands of textile workers in southern Africa started losing their jobs during January because of the World Trade Organisation liberalising the market, questions began mounting over whether Namibia will face the same fate.Already one factory within Namibia's nascent textile industry has closed down.Speculation is rife that other investors could follow suit as they pursue greener pastures and bigger profits.For Government, the dream of the textile industry becoming a major player in the country's economy lives on.By the same token...

22 April 2005
South Africa: Clothing Sector Looks at Supporting Smaller Enterprises

South Africa: Clothing Sector Looks at Supporting Smaller Enterprises

The beleaguered clothing and textiles sector, which is losing jobs at an alarming rate as it battles to compete against cheap imports, is piloting a locally developed programme designed to make small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) in the sector more sustainable and productive.SMME Potential will be launched later this month at 10 companies within the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather Sector Education and Training Authority (CTFL Seta).The pilot phase will take place in the especially hard-hit Western Cape before being rolled...

21 April 2005
Uganda: Tri-Star Export Revenue to Reach $11m

Uganda: Tri-Star Export Revenue to Reach $11m

Apparels Tri-Star expects to increase its turnover to $11m (sh19.6b) this year, up from last year's $6m (sh10.6b), a top official said on Friday."Maybe this is just a small drop in the ocean, but we feel it is something," Velupillai Kananathan, the managing director, said.He was speaking during a tour of the Bugolobi-based factory by some students of UPDF's Senior Command and Staff College Kimaki.Lt Gen David Tinyefuza led the group.The college's commandant, Maj Gen Ivan Koreta, attended.Tinyefuza said the tour was part of the course...

18 April 2005
Chinese Textile Exports Soar

Chinese Textile Exports Soar

Beijing - China's textile exports soared 29% in the first three months of the year, fueled by a steep hike in exports to the United States, government statistics showed on Monday.In a statement on its website, the ministry of commerce said US-bound textile exports jumped 258% since the end of the global quota system on January 1.It said exports of cotton trousers, cotton knit shirts and underwear, which are now the subject of a US investigation for possible market disruption, rose 1 574%, 595% and 742% respectively in the January to February...

11 April 2005
Namibia: The Ramatex Saga - An Analysis

Namibia: The Ramatex Saga - An Analysis

Over the past few weeks, Ramatex made headlines again as its subsidiary Rhino Garments reportedly plans to retrench workers due to a lack of orders from its customers in the USA. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry hastily pointed fingers to the International Textile, Garment, and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF) and "people who want to destroy the nascent African textile industry." The Permanent Secretary further alleged that there were "local players chasing away our markets" and that the letters sent by the...

08 April 2005
Kenya: Textiles Lift US-Kenyan Trade

Kenya: Textiles Lift US-Kenyan Trade

Trade between Kenya and the United States surged last year, reaching $750 million, nearly 60 per cent more than the 2003 volume.However, much of the growth was due to Kenya's textile exports to the US, which rose by 41 per cent, thanks to the duty-free terms of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).AGOA-eligible exports were worth $271 million last year, compared with $181 million in 2003.Imports from the US grew even more rapidly, however, by 100 per cent - mostly in the form of Boeing aircraft sales to Kenya Airways. In 2004,...

07 April 2005
Namibia: Ramatex Subsidiary Rhino Garments to Shut

Namibia: Ramatex Subsidiary Rhino Garments to Shut

More than 1 600 workers at the Rhino Garments factory in Windhoek will lose their jobs when the factory closes at the end of this month.The Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) announced yesterday that it had been informed of the closure after months of "speculation, denials and allegations" about the future of the Ramatex subsidiary.Rumours that it would shut up shop started circulation as early as January.At a press briefing in Windhoek late yesterday, Nafau Acting Secretary General Kiros Sakarias said the union would negotiate...

05 April 2005
Namibia: Windhoek Maintains Ramatex a 'Blessing in Disguise'

Namibia: Windhoek Maintains Ramatex a 'Blessing in Disguise'

The Windhoek City Council is attempting to smooth over reports that it overspent on its budget to provide the Ramatex Textile Factory with electricity.In an agenda item titled 'Ramatex - Electricity A Success' the City Council said at its monthly meeting on Wednesday that the public needed to know that the electricity installation at Ramatex had been done "well below budget cost and that the installation not only benefited Ramatex but also the city as a whole".A month earlier, the Council approved electricity infrastructure over-expenditure...

01 April 2005
Namibia: Rhino garments Denies Closure

Namibia: Rhino garments Denies Closure

Namibia's Ministry of Trade, Ramatex management and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau) have dismissed media reports that Rhino Garments, a subsidiary of the Ramatex textile company, is closing its doors.Nafau organiser John Paporo told reporters in the capital on Thursday that media reports to that effect were not true.On Wednesday, Rhino Garments had to call in the Police when some of its close to 1 700 workers demonstrated after reading in the paper that the company was closing.Paporo admitted that the company was...

29 March 2005
USA: Court Ruling Delays Threat-Based Textile Safeguard Cases

USA: Court Ruling Delays Threat-Based Textile Safeguard Cases

A court ruling has delayed any final judgment on the US government’s motion to halt the preliminary injunction imposed on threat-based safeguard cases for at least six weeks. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wants to wait until a merits panel of judges is formed on April 28 to review the underlying appeal to overturn the injunction itself. Oral arguments for that appeal are scheduled for May 5.Furthermore, the merits panel is under no deadline to issue a ruling on the motion to stay once it is assigned the case. The Federal...

24 March 2005
Namibia: Factory Closure to Affect 11,000

Namibia: Factory Closure to Affect 11,000

About 49 Namibian service providers stand to lose their businesses with the threat of closure of the Rhino Garments textile company in April.This will bring the total number of job losses to around 11 000, warned An-drew Ndishishi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.Rhino Garments, which is a subsidiary company of Ramatex Namibia, is in the process of wrapping up its business in Namibia, after losing out on USA buyers who are under pressure not to buy Namibian garment products, because of letters sent by union...

24 March 2005
USA: Court Ruling Delays Textile Safeguard Cases

USA: Court Ruling Delays Textile Safeguard Cases

A court ruling has delayed any final judgment on the US government’s motion to halt the preliminary injunction imposed on threat-based safeguard cases for at least six weeks. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wants to wait until a merits panel of judges is formed on April 28 to review the underlying appeal to overturn the injunction itself. Oral arguments for that appeal are scheduled for May 5.Furthermore, the merits panel is under no deadline to issue a ruling on the motion to stay once it is assigned the case. The Federal...

24 March 2005
Namibia: Ramatex Subsidiary to Close Down

Namibia: Ramatex Subsidiary to Close Down

Rhino Garments, a subsidiary of Ramatex Namibia, is closing its doors in April 2005.The company that employs 1 700 workers gave notification and warning of possible closure to the Ministry of Trade and Industry this month. The future of its employees is still not known.It has complained that it no longer has a market for its products and therefore there is no reason to continue operating in Namibia.In a letter to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the company has also asked the ministry to help in the retrenchment of workers as from...

23 March 2005
South Africa: Clothing Crisis Jeopardises Jobs

South Africa: Clothing Crisis Jeopardises Jobs

A crisis had been reached in the clothing industry in Durban where, by June, 8 000 jobs would have been lost in 18 months, representing 40 percent of the industry's employment in the metro area, Len Smart, the executive director of the Natal Clothing Manufacturers' Association (NCMA), said at the weekend. Five thousand jobs have already been lost in the clothing industry in Durban over the past 15 months.Gert van Zyl, the executive director of the Cape Clothing Association (CCA), said the commercial viability of Western Cape clothing...

22 March 2005
Uganda: US Trade Experts Hail Textile Factory

Uganda: US Trade Experts Hail Textile Factory

Apparels Tri-Star is on track with the objectives of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), US government trade experts have said.Nannette Christ and Cindy Cohen, from the US's International Trade Commission said this while touring the factory in Bugoloobi yesterday. The duo are on a study tour of AGOA-eligible sub-Saharan African countries."Apparels Tri-Star is a huge high-class factory," Christ said.The duo said the dormitories and the dinning hall of the factory are better than those in Boston where they live.They will visit...

09 March 2005
Chinese Apparel Exports To US Surge 546% In January

Chinese Apparel Exports To US Surge 546% In January

According to Chinese Customs data, exports of major apparel products from China into the US market increased by an average of 546 per cent in January 2005 over January 2004.The figures, which show the impact of China’s release from quota control as a result of joining the World Trade Organisation, also highlight the fact that Chinese prices have fallen by as much as 45 per cent. The largest export increases were in cotton knit shirts and trousers, which were up 1,836 per cent and 1,332 per cent respectively.China shipped nearly 27 million...

08 March 2005
South Africa: Exports to US reached Record Levels in 2004

South Africa: Exports to US reached Record Levels in 2004

At just under $6-billion, 2004 was another record year for the value of exports from South Africa to the US, the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) reported last week.Sacob said the 21% year-on-year growth in the value of exports was primarily due to excellent increases in exports of precious metals and stones, and iron and steel products.“The above two product groups accounted for 56% of the total value of exports,” Sacob said in a statement.Platinum and diamonds accounted for 97% of precious metals and stones exports while...

07 March 2005
Kenya: Report Cites Rampant Rights Abuse At Work Place

Kenya: Report Cites Rampant Rights Abuse At Work Place

A US report shows that Kenyan firms continue to violate workers' rights, contrary to the law.The report on human rights released by the State department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, points a particularly accusing finger at firms within the Export Processing Zones (EPZs). The Government, says the report, voices support for union freedom, but is unable to enforce the law fully, as some employees are wrongfully dismissed because they join unions.Although the law provides that all workers be free to join unions of their...

03 March 2005
CEMAC Countries Establish Framework for Trade With US

CEMAC Countries Establish Framework for Trade With US

Countries in the CEMAC zone have drawn up national plans that would enable them increase their agricultural exports to the United States under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA. The CEMAC zone countries drew up the plans during a three-day "Public/Private Sector Forum on SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues) and Trade" organised by the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA.   The plans are related to Sanitary and Phytosanitary issues under AGOA.During the seminar that held from February 22-24, participants...

03 March 2005
AGOA Can Make Up for Defunct ATC Fabrics Pact

AGOA Can Make Up for Defunct ATC Fabrics Pact

Recent press coverage has focused on the consequences for developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly COMESA countries, with the end of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC) formerly referred to as the Multi-fiber Agreement (MFA) on January 1, 2005.The post ATC world poses definite challenges for COMESA countries and other Sub-Saharan African countries, but the situation is far from being dire or hopeless. Any producer willing to undertake measures to improve the productivity of its competitively priced workers should be...

03 March 2005
Zambians Urged to Make Use of AGOA

Zambians Urged to Make Use of AGOA

The Zambian government has expressed worry at the continued failure by local manufacturers to exploit favourable export trade provisions under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Davies Chilipamushi said yesterday that despite Government opening up marketing opportunities, the volume of trade had continued to stagnate.He said the trade balance had now tilted against Zambia because of the poor response by producers and exporters to exploit market opportunities.He said...

25 February 2005
Namibia: Ramatex Empties Capital's Coffers

Namibia: Ramatex Empties Capital's Coffers

The Electricity Department of the Windhoek Municipality overspent its budget by N$9,2 million, with close to half of the money spent on sustaining operations at the Ramatex Textile Factory.Wednesday evening's City Council meeting was informed by the Electricity Department that the City of Windhoek spent N$1,8 million to provide subsidised electricity to Ramatex.Another N$2,5 million was pumped into the operations of the textile factory, but the Electricity Department did not specify what it was for.This means that more than N$4,3 million, or...

25 February 2005
AGOA : Proposals To Boost Trade

AGOA : Proposals To Boost Trade

The Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) public-private sector forum, which started in Yaounde last Tuesday, ended yesterday with recommendations on boosting trade between the sub-region and the USA.In opening the forum, United States ambassador, Niels Marquardt highlighted the expanding commercial ties between the United States and African countries. The recently renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) promotes increased trade between Sub-Saharan African countries and the United States, through duty-free access...

25 February 2005
Lesotho's economy curbed by textile exodus

Lesotho's economy curbed by textile exodus

Growth in Lesotho's economy slowed towards the end of 2004, as Asian clothing factories left the poverty-stricken mountain kingdom, after global textile quota changes, Finance Minister Timothy Thahane said yesterday. In a budget speech to parliament, Thahane said gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by about 3,4% in 2004, with a significant down-turn in the last six months of the year as some Chinese and Taiwanese-owned factories closed. He gave no comparative figures or estimate for 2005, but in the middle of last year, he predicted the...

17 February 2005
Rag Trade in Southern Africa in Dire Need of a Mending Job

Rag Trade in Southern Africa in Dire Need of a Mending Job

Never before has an international trade agreement, or rather the expiry of an agreement, caused such uproar globally among stakeholders as has been the case with the agreement on textiles and clothing (ATC). This WTO agreement, which is binding on all WTO member states and which had been in place since 1995 after replacing the decades-old multifibre agreement, provided the framework for a structured removal of trade-restricting quotas on textiles and garments over 10 years. Having been heavily back-loaded, the final (and by far the largest)...

16 February 2005
Fairy Tale Ends for Textile Exporters

Fairy Tale Ends for Textile Exporters

The African textile and clothing industry's near fairy tale of jobs and investments growing year after year is ending badly, turning into a cautionary fable of the challenges of global trade.Thousands of jobs have already been lost across the continent as investors dismantle factories built to take advantage of the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).More than 22 000 people lost their textile factory jobs between June last year and January in Lesotho because the country could not compete in a quota-free market, said Lesotho...

16 February 2005
South Africa: Hope Stirs Over Textile Sector Crisis

South Africa: Hope Stirs Over Textile Sector Crisis

Last week's meeting between representatives of government, labour and clothing and textile industries has revived hopes of protecting the troubled industries from a surge of cheap imports from China and other east Asian countries.Textile Federation of SA executive director Brian Brink said this week that talks were on track and that he was optimistic about their progress. According to the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu), the industry has shed about 30 000 jobs in the last two years.A task team consisting of...

09 February 2005
Southern Africa: Time to Tailor an Export Boom

Southern Africa: Time to Tailor an Export Boom

The clothing and textile industry in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) has seen significant developments in the past four years. For many developing countries, including those in Sacu, the industry has been central to the development of their manufacturing sectors.The sector provides low-cost job creation, absorbs relatively low skills, and often employs women. Hence, from a poverty-reduction and development perspective, the clothing and textile industry is important.Clothing production, especially, has become a very mobile industry....

08 February 2005
Kenya Bags Sh16b From Textile Exports to U.S.

Kenya Bags Sh16b From Textile Exports to U.S.

Kenya's textile exports to the US have earned the country Sh16 billion.Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, further reveals that since 2000 when the Agoa programme started, 35 new garment factories have been set up.In a speech read by Assistant minister Petkay Miriti, Kituyi told a visiting US Black Chamber of Commerce delegation that in 2004, Agoa-related investment had risen to US$17.1 million.The touring group represents Sh800 billion worth of African-American investments.Mrs Kay Debow, is leading the team that include...

08 February 2005
Namibia: Govt says it can handle 'Ramatex'

Namibia: Govt says it can handle 'Ramatex'

Government says it is capable of resolving all labour issues with Malaysian textile factory Ramatex, as international pressure mounts for the country to take action to improve the working conditions of thousands of workers.The Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday called a press conference to confirm that it has stepped in to facilitate talks between the Ramatex Textile Factory and the Namibia Food and Allied Workers' Union (Nafau) on issues of labour relations and productivity at the factories on the western outskirts of Windhoek. "It...

08 February 2005
Namibia: Ramatex Labour Talks On Course

Namibia: Ramatex Labour Talks On Course

Although there are some divergent views on labour conditions at Ramatex, the government says the company and the representative labour union are competent enough to resolve their differences.The government, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has been chairing consultative meetings since last Friday between the two parties on labour relations, including labour productivity and the competitiveness of Ramatex. Andrew Ndishishi, permanent secretary for MTI told the press yesterday the two parties have expressed willingness to work...

08 February 2005
South Africa: Crisis in Textile Sector prompts MPs to act

South Africa: Crisis in Textile Sector prompts MPs to act

Cape Town — Parliament’s trade and industry committee is to intervene in the crisis affecting the country’s clothing and textile industries by holding public hearings at which stakeholders will air their views and seek solutions. The sectors are suffering from a deluge of cheap Chinese imports, and parties from across the political spectrum have expressed concern about the huge job losses that have resulted. Currently, 40% of all fabric imports, 60% of textile imports and 86% of clothing imports come from China.The Democratic Alliance...

07 February 2005
Namibia: Giant Textile Firm Agrees to Improve Workers' Conditions

Namibia: Giant Textile Firm Agrees to Improve Workers' Conditions

The management at Malaysian textile giant Ramatex has finally agreed to improve the treatment of its 6,000-strong workforce after closed-door discussions at the weekend with the Namibian government and organised labour."It transpired that there are some divergent views on issues pertaining to labour conditions at Ramatex Namibia," Andrew Ndishishi, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry said at a joint media briefing on Monday.Ndishishi said those issues would now be resolved "within the framework of the law and agreements...

07 February 2005
Namibia: Ramatex in World of Trouble

Namibia: Ramatex in World of Trouble

A number of major international garment buyers are calling for action against the Ramatex Textile Factory in Windhoek, as pressure mounts on the Malaysian outfit to "clean up its act".In the last two weeks the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) has written not only to President Sam Nujoma and the Ministers of Trade and Industry and Labour, but to US stores Sears, Kmart, ShopKo, OshKosh B'Gosh Inc and Children's Place. Ramatex is under fire over its continued violations of the country's labour law, and its...

07 February 2005
Uganda: More Investors Still Needed in Textiles

Uganda: More Investors Still Needed in Textiles

Apparels Tri-Star chief Velupillai Kananathan has said more investors are still needed in the textile industry to enable Uganda fully exploit the huge American market under AGOA.Kananathan was recently speaking during a tour of the Bugolobi-based factory by a Los Angeles trade delegation."The textile industry in Uganda is still under-exploited. This company and a few others are not enough. We need as many industries of a kind as possible to be able to take full advantage of the wider American market, to employ more people, increase the...

07 February 2005
East Africa: AGOA Trade Grows, But Slowdown Ahead

East Africa: AGOA Trade Grows, But Slowdown Ahead

The African Growth and Opportunity Act is continuing to fuel expansion of Kenya's textile and clothing industry while also encouraging investments in this and other sectors in Tanzania and Uganda, according to a new US government report.Kenya's exports to the US under Agoa's duty-free terms grew rapidly in the first six months of 2004, the most recent period measured in the report by the US International Trade Commission. Kenya sold $132 million worth of goods to the American market from January to June last year. The corresponding figure...

07 February 2005
US-Africa Business Summit: Agoa Entry Opportunity

US-Africa Business Summit: Agoa Entry Opportunity

The United States-Africa business summit, which attracts African and American private and public sector representatives, offers African and American businessmen and women, first-rate networking opportunities while at the same time providing participants with up-to-date information on practical business issues and specific policy matters confronting the US private sector in the African marketplace.The 2005 summit, which is expected to be the largest event of its kind in the United States, strives to increase US investment through out Africa...

03 February 2005
South Africa: Call to Improve Textile Incentives

South Africa: Call to Improve Textile Incentives

Johannesburg - The ailing local textile and clothing industry has urged the department of trade and industry to modify an export incentive scheme to help manufacturers pay off interest on loans owed to government-owned finance agencies such as the Industrial Development Corporation.The incentive scheme in question is the duty credit certificate scheme (DCCS), which is modelled on the highly successful motor industry development programme (MIDP). It operates by giving local firms duty credit certificates for exporting. The certificates are...

02 February 2005
Southern Africa: Clothing and Textile Industries Need a Rethink, say Economists

Southern Africa: Clothing and Textile Industries Need a Rethink, say Economists

Johannesburg - Southern African clothing and textile industries need to restrategise if they are to compete in a quota-free global market after the Multi-Fibre Agreement (MFA) expired last month, economists told IRIN."They should market their products regionally, availing the benefits from tariff-free zones created by the Southern African Customs Union, and those being negotiated by the Southern African Development Community," said Eckart Naumann, an economist and associate of the non-profit Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa.Helena...

02 February 2005
Zambia Battles to Benefit from  AGOA

Zambia Battles to Benefit from AGOA

Zambia has remained one of the countries that has benefited the least from the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) with exports that have remained meagre and mostly indirect.The direct trade was largely in the form of yarn exported to countries that make clothing for the United States of America (USA) market. According to statistics, total trade between sub-Saharan Africa and the USA in 2002 amounted to US$ 24 billion of which $18 billion were USA imports from Africa.However, only a small portion of this huge amount came to Zambia as money...

31 January 2005
Kenya Could Lose AGOA Benefits

Kenya Could Lose AGOA Benefits

Kenya may be barred from exporting textile products to the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in three years unless it revives the cotton industry.Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Titus Ruhiu said at the weekend that the Act stipulates that only textile products made from locally produced raw material would be allowed into the US market by 2008.Currently, some industrialists have been relying on imported thread and cotton as Kenya does not have enough raw material following the...

31 January 2005