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Zambia: Ndola Firm Exports to US

Saturday, 31 July 2004

Source: New Vision (Kampala)

The textiles industry will receive a boost following a visit by apparels mogul, Martin Trust, the founder of Mast Industries (USA).

Trust, whose trip is being coordinated by The Whitaker Group and the Uganda AGOA office, is exploring long term sourcing and investment prospects in light of the recently expanded African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

"I am here to see if the existing apparels factories can be expanded and to meet entrepreneurs interested in joint ventures," Trust said at Entebbe Airport on Thursday.

He was received by the special presidential assistant on AGOA, Susan Muhwezi and Cotton Development Organisation's Jolly Sabune.

Rosa Whitaker described Trust as one of the driving forces behind AGOA and the private sector and added, "He believed in it (AGOA) and became the first apparels investor in Africa. His investments have created hundreds of thousands of jobs."