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With the 2017/18 season having ended (July 2018) the International Cotton Advisory Committee reports that 26.9m tons of lint was produced - up 16% from the previous season
The major cotton producers, accounting for 90% of global cotton production, were: India, China, USA, Brazil, Pakistan, West Africa, Turkey, Australia and Uzbekistan
According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee global cotton demand in 2017/18 increased by 8% to 26.4m tons
 
NEWS

ETHIOPIA – MANUFACTURING TARGETS MISSED, 18 August 2018
The local manufacturing sector exported less than 50% of the goods it planned to export in the export target for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. According to the annual performance report of the Ministry of Industry, presented at the stakeholders’ consultative meeting, the local manufacturing sector exported industrial good valued at US$487.5m. The export target set by the Ministry of Industry was US$997.9m. At the end of the second Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP-II) in 2020 the manufacturing sector has been set an export target of US$3.5bn and an employment target of 750,000. In the GTP II plan the manufacturing sector has been forecasted to grow by 21% each year. However, the sector only grew by 11% in the year under review. The local manufacturing sector is using 57% of its installed production capacity. According to the report the textile and garment sector achieved 46.3% of its export target, and the leather and leather products 47.7%. READ HERE >>


ETHIOPIA - COTTON PRODUCTION TO INCREASE BY 40%, 18 August 2018
Local cotton producers have announced that they will increase cotton production by 40% in the current fiscal year. The vice president of the Ethiopian Cotton Producers Association (ECPA) has said that Ethiopian cotton producers last year produced 60,000 tons of ginned cotton; that the local cotton demand by textile industries is estimated at 70,000 tons; and that the balance has been covered by imported cotton from India. As more investors are joining the sector and the existing cotton growers are expanding their plantations the ECPA expects that 100,000 tons of ginned cotton will be produced this year. READ HERE >>

Comment
A significant increase in the volume of cotton to be produced ... now where have I heard this before?


KENYA – EPZ GARMENT FIRMS CUT FROM LOCAL MARKET, 16 August 2018
A noble effort to ensure Kenyans stop wearing imported worn clothes (aka: 'mitumba') has come to a cropper after the government silently stopped companies in the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) from selling their products in the local market. After only two years of Kenyans flocking to the Kenya International Convention Centre and other centres to buy new top fashion brands like Victoria's Secret, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein at affordable prices, they are now back to mitumba with the halting of the EPZ ‘super sales’. The decision to bar EPZ products from the local market is a bizarre twist of events considering that President Uhuru Kenyatta had last year promised to increase their local quota from 20% to 40% primarily to restore the dignity of Kenyans, a majority of whom depend on second-hand clothes. The waiver to allow EPZ companies to sell up to 20% of their products in the domestic market duty free and value added tax free to promote consumption of locally manufactured apparel had been introduced in 2016 and was riding on the ‘Buy Kenya, Build Kenya’ mantra. READ HERE >>



ZAMBIA - WAITING FOR GODOT ... MULUNGUSHI TEXTILES TO REOPEN, 15 August 2018
Zambia's national development planning minister says the 7th National Development Plan (7NDP) identifies textile industry development as one of the “quick win” projects to accelerate wealth and job creation in Zambia. The government envisages that the revival of Mulungushi Textiles will provide a ready market for cotton growers in the whole of the country. Further, it will create thousands of jobs along the value chain and contribute to the national treasury through taxes. READ HERE >>, and the 7NDP can be accessed HERE >> (see page 144).

Comment
Now how many times have I read about Mulungushi Textiles re-opening?


ZIMBABWE – WORKING CONDITIONS CHANGES, 17 August 2018
The Government has come up with a raft of changes to the terms of employment for workers in the textile industry - the order to stop allocating night shifts to women being the major highlight. Furthermore the Government says employees in the textile manufacturing sector must be paid all their remuneration within seven days of due date; while the coercion of workers to purchase goods from employers has also been outlawed. This is contained in Statutory Instrument 147 of 2018 published in early August 2018. The announcements override the previous working conditions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (Textile Manufacturing Industry) 2012 that was published in Statutory Instrument 70 of 2012. READ HERE >>


NIGERIA – VLISCO TO ESTABLISH ITSELF IN INDUSTRIAL PARK? 15 August 2018
The Edo State governor has stated that negotiations are ongoing to attract Vlisco, one of West Africa’s largest textile companies, to set up in the Benin Industrial Park (BIP) as the state government plans to reposition the state as a textile hub in the country. The BIP is a landmark industrial complex being developed that is set to stimulate large scale industrialisation and create wealth for Edo people and residents. The park, which is expected to cover 996 hectares of land, will host textile, agro-processing, equipment manufacturing and other industries. READ HERE >>


SOUTH AFRICA – RETAIL SALES, 15 August 2018
South African retail sales for June 2018 grew by 2.9% year-on-year excluding the effects of inflation, marking the weakest pace of growth since October 2017. This is according to the “Mastercard SpendingPulse June 2018” report, which provides a macro-economic analysis of retail spending trends in South Africa. June’s retail sales volume was slightly below the 3% year-on-year gain recorded in May 2018 and signals the third consecutive month that the rate of growth has decelerated in South Africa’s retail sector. Total retail sales growth, including the effects of inflation, grew 5.8% year-on-year. Clothing was the best-performing segment of the retail market in June, with sales excluding the effects of inflation rising 4.4% year-on-year. Overall, June sales were 8.4% above average for this time of year. Sales including the effects inflation were also up, growing 6.3% year-on-year. READ HERE >>


SOUTH AFRICA – FASHION RETAILER RESULTS DISAPPOINT, 16 August 2018
Fashion retailer Truworths reported a 7.3% drop in diluted headline earnings per share in the 52-week period ended 1 July 2018, as a tough economic environment in South Africa and the United Kingdom weighed on sales. The century-old Truworths, whose brands include Identity and YDE in SA and the Office in the UK, said merchandise sales fell 2.7% year on year to R18bn (US$.1.2bn). Cash generated from operations was up 3.3% to R3.1bn (US$208.8m). The numbers are slightly skewed as the previous year’s figures were for 53 weeks. Truworths, which has more than 700 retail outlets in South Africa and is heavily reliant on credit sales, has been lagging rivals TFG (Foschini) and Mr Price Group. READ HERE >>


NIGERIA – BT COURT CHALLENGE FAILS, 16 August 2018
An Abuja Federal High Court struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified crops, including Bt cotton in the country. Though a cause of action was established, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred. This means that the suit was brought a year after the permits had been issued. READ HERE >>


SOUTH AFRICA - UNION ALIGNED CLOTHING FIRM FINED BY COMPETITION BODY, 15 August 2018
The Competition Tribunal has approved a R1m (US$68k) settlement by Trade Call Investment Apparel (TCIA) for prior implementation of its merger with Seardel Group in 2014. TCIA was established by Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU). The Commission discovered the prior implementation during an investigation into the merger of the two firms. Interviews with TCIA Staff had access to strategic information and interacted with customers and suppliers of Seardel Apparel. It also had documentation pertaining to Seardel Group employees. In recommending the R1m penalty the Commission said it taken into consideration the circumstances under which TCIA acquired control over Seardel. READ HERE >>



SOUTH AFRICA – TOWELING FIRM TAKEOVER APPROVED, 14 August 2018
South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has given conditional approved to a merger between the Industrial Development Corporation's (IDC) owned Ready Right Now and Glodina. Glodina is a supplier of terry towels and related products. The approval is subject to a supply condition because of the IDC's interests in other companies in the sector. The IDC has holdings in Prilla 2000 and Colibri Toweling. Prilla is in the business of spinning cotton yarn for knitting and weaving for use in all textile industries including terry toweling, while Colibri is a manufacturer, distributor, importer and exporter of terry towels and is a competitor of Glodina. The merger was approved with the condition that: “for as long as the IDC directly or indirectly controls Prilla, Colibri and/or Glodina, the IDC shall ensure that Prilla shall continue to supply cotton yarn to all customers of Prilla on reasonable, non-discriminatory and market-related terms”. READ HERE >>

Comment
How will this merger pan out in the medium to long term/ The fact that the Tribunal put down the conditionality that it did is interesting. I guess it could be argued that it is a virtually meaningless condition because, I should imagine, in terms of South African competition law Prilla 2000 would, in any case, be required treat all its customers on "reasonable, non-discriminatory and market-related terms".

Its interesting that the Tribunal was not concerned that the IDC’s two wholly owned toweling companies could now perhaps act in concert and divide / segment the markets that they operate in. This market segmentation must be a concern for Zorbatex – a large towel manufacturer located in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

The IDC is a state-owned development finance institution. It provides financial support to enterprises using its own resources; and, it also manages the South African Department of Trade & Industry's Clothing & Textile Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) enterprise funding pot. One would hope that should Zorbatex go to the IDC for funding support that it would be treated fairly - not as an enterprise that requires funds that would enable it to better compete more effectively against existing IDC owned entities working in the same domestic market. It would have been good, as a condition of allowing the takeover, if a condition had been placed on the IDC that no IDC staff member involved in making development finance support investigations and decision making in the toweling sector could have had anything to do with its ownership and management of Prilla, or Colibri, or Glodina.

I wonder if the Tribunal was aware that there was another aspirant toweling company (uBuhle Towels) that was in the process of being set-up in the KwaZulu-Natal province and that this company may have tried to get funding support from the IDC. It may be the case that this company’s IDC loan application could have been turned down on good cause; on the other hand it would be worrying if its application for funding could have been turned down by the IDC on the basis that it would have been competing with the IDC’s toweling interests.


KENYA – COTTON FARMER SUBSIDIES IN PIPELINE, 12 August 2018
Poor farmers aiming to venture into Bt cotton farming should not be worried about affordability of seeds as the Kenyan Government will offer subsidies the Agriculture Research Principal Secretary has said. “Commercial farmers know how to make their profits so we are not worried about them. In Kenya 80% of our farmers are small scale and most of them are in government subsidy programmes not only for inputs but also for extension and different support services, so the issue of affordability of Bt cotton is going to work out,” he said. READ HERE >>


UNITED STATES – AAFA APPEALS FOR MORE FUNDS TO IMPROVE WORKER RIGHTS, 2 August 2018
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) joined with other organisations and brands in supporting full funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for the United State’s Department of Labour's International Labour Affairs Bureau (US DoL-ILAB). The AAFA stated that the ILAB promotes a fair global playing field for workers in the US and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labour standards and combating international child labor, forced labour, and human trafficking; and that the ILAB provides invaluable expertise and programs, along with its grants, all of which are important to our member businesses. READ HERE >>

Comment
Previously, on 6 September 2018, the AAFA urged (READ HERE >>) a United States Senate Committee to approve full funding for the US DoL-ILAB. The AAFA stated that US DoL-ILAB grants provide significant funding for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Better Work programs around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Jordan, Nicaragua and Vietnam. The AAFA stated that the ILO Better Work Program (SEE >>) is one of the shining stars in the work to improve human rights and working conditions around the world.

A Better Work programme in Lesotho was for a long time supported with funding from the US DoL-ILAB - after the project was closed (in 2016) the US DoL ILAB funded a programme to improve the inspectorate of the the Lesotho Ministry of Labour & Employment (SEE >>). Better Work are soon to launch a major programme in Ethiopia; and they have a pilot programme running in Egypt.


SOUTH AFRICA - BLANKET WAGE NEGOTIATIONS COMPLETED, 13 August 2018
The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has settled its 2018 wage negotiations in the blanket textile sub-sector. The agreement was reached under the auspices of the National Textile Bargaining Council, between SACTWU and the South African Blanket Manufacturers Employers’ Organisation (SABMEO). It is a two year wage and terms and conditions of employment agreement that will cover metro (i.e. urban) and non-metro (i.e. more rural) areas of the country. For 2018/19 the wage increase for metro areas is 8%; and 14% for non-metro areas. For 2018/19 the wage increases will be back dated to 1 August for those workers in the sector who have not yet received the increases. For 2019/20 wages will be increased by 6.5% in all areas. READ HERE >>



SOUTH AFRICA – NEW FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING RETAILER LAUNCHED, 13 August 2018
The founders of shoe retailer Tekkie Town will be launching a new retail chain supplier of branded footwear and sports apparel. Mr. Tekkie, as it will be known, will launch in major cities and towns in South Africa in November 2018. The new chain will sell footwear and clothes. READ HERE >> and READ HERE >>
 
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SOUTH AFRICAN MOHAIR INDUSTRY UNRAVELS?
THE SAGA CONTINUES

NSPCA LAYS CHARGES AGAINST MOHAIR FARMERS
"The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid charges against four mohair farmers following a recent exposé by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who uncovered brutal abuse on farms in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape of South Africa.

"Footage revealed goats being dragged by their horns and legs, a man can be seen kneeling on a goat’s neck, goats being lifted by their tails and thrown across the floor. Shearers can be seen inflicting wounds on the goats and crudely stitching up the wounds on the shearing floor, without providing any pain relief or anaesthesia.

"The footage also shows a goat being slaughtered by a man who saws into the animal’s neck with a short knife without pre-stunning it and then proceeded to begin dressing the animal before it had bled out.

“The graphic footage that we received was shocking. The agony and distress that these animals endured was both horrendous and unacceptable. The NSPCA will relentlessly pursue justice for the animals that have suffered so tremendously,” said Senior Inspector Grace De Lange, the manager of the NSPCA Farm Animal Protection Unit.

"The NSPCA is opposed to farming practices which cause suffering or distress to animals and will continue to inspect these farms and intervene when necessary.

Press release: Issued on 16 August 2018

Comment
The work done by the NSPCA is admirable. Unfortunately it will do little to diffuse the situation whereby about 280 fashion brands / retailers have said, according to PETA (30 July 2018), that they will be abandoning mohair from their product ranges. Of course some of the brands may have been minor users of mohair fiber so it was easy for them to say that they are walking away from the fibre.

The animal abuse was exposed on 2 May 2018. In my view it appears as if little has been done to calm the nerves of global apparel brands and retailers. Organisations like Mohair SA (
SEE >>) should have gone out and done much more to nip the problems caused by a few farmers (Mohair SA says it was just on two farms; while the NSPCA states they found problems on four farms) immediately after the abuse was reported.

The stakes are very high. South Africa is not only the world’s largest source of mohair, but also as the most consistent supplier of this product. Mohair production in South Africa accounts for an estimated 54% of global production. According to Mohair SA the production of mohair supports approximately 30,000 people, many of whom are labourers living in the Karoo, a large, arid, sparsely populated semi-desert. A ban on mohair will leave many of these vulnerable people destitute, and will lead to the destruction of the mohair industry, as well as the loss of approximately 800,000 angora goats in South Africa.
Major Mohair Production Areas in the World
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Source: Mohair SA (2016)
In the 2015 mohair marketing season, the largest volumes of South African mohair were exported to China (35% of the clip by volume), followed by Italy (25%) and then the United Kingdom (12%). Minor importers of South African mohair included countries such as Taiwan (10%), Japan (5%), Bulgaria (7%), Egypt (2%), Korea (2%) and India (1%).


HAVE THE RETAILER MOHAIR BANS IMPACTED ON AUCTION PRICES?

The first sale of the 2018 winter season took place in Port Elizabeth (South Africa) on 14 August 2018 with 91,743 kg's on offer, of which 98% was sold.

The first sale of the season is always mixed and difficult to quote, but the market remained steady at the closing levels of the summer season, to close on R282,62 (US$19.31) p/kg. Price levels compared to the corresponding sale of 2017, are considerably higher across the board. Kids and young goats of comparable microns remained firm from the last summer sale of 2018. A highest price of R438.00 (US$29.93) p/kg was paid for a bale of above average 24 micron kid mohair.

Compared to the last summer sale of 2018, prices were as follows (these figures are winter hair compared to summer hair): Kids (winter) Unchanged; Young Goats (winter) Unchanged; Fine Adults Down 2.5%; Strong Adults Unchanged; Average Unchanged.

The second sale of the 2018 winter season will take place on 4 September 2018.

Source: Mohair SA Market Report READ HERE >>

Comment
Many South African (and Basotho) farmers can be happy with the prices achieved. But will it continue? As Mohair SA observed "[t]he first sale of the season is always mixed and difficult to quote".


THE SOUTH AFRICAN MOHAIR CLUSTER

South Africa's Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is funding the development of a South African Mohair Cluster.

The Clothing & Textile Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) is a programme of the DTI to stabilise employment and to improve overall competitiveness in the clothing, textiles, footwear, leather and leather goods manufacturing industries. The CTCP is aimed at structurally changing the clothing, textiles, footwear, leather and leather goods manufacturing industries by providing funding assistance to invest in competitiveness improvement interventions. The CTCP consists of the following two incentive programmes.

i. The Production Incentive Programme (PIP)
The PIP aims to help the industry upgrade its processes, products and people. This is expected to move the industry up the value chain to activities that are far more sustainable than competing against "sweatshop" labour practices and pervasive government subsidisation in other developing countries. The PIP is meant to encourage and support upgrading and competitiveness improvement programmes in the sector.

ii. The Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP)
The CIP aims, through the cluster approach, to create a group of globally competitive companies in the qualifying sectors that would ensure a sustainable business environment able to retain and grow employment levels in South Africa. The CIP aims to build and improve capacity and competitiveness in manufacturers and designers through related value chains to effectively supply their customers locally and internationally.

Competitiveness improvement should focus on achieving higher levels of productivity through industrial and/or process engineering and management activities. Interventions to promote improvement should be based on a thorough benchmarking process, wherein cluster and member performance and processes are compared to "best practice” both locally and internationally. Proposed interventions are required to address the performance gaps identified through the benchmarking analysis. Interventions can include direct shop-floor interventions emphasising the need to improve people, product and processes within the production environment as well as assistance given to the cluster as a whole to improve member's competitiveness capabilities. Competitiveness improvement should also focus on market development in order to find and grow markets for members' manufactured products.

Support offered to Ordinary, National and Subnational Clusters:
  • An Ordinary Cluster is a group of at least five manufacturing companies or a combination of manufacturing and related organisations (e.g. retailers, design houses, component manufacturers) that are collaborating towards improving the competitiveness of cluster members both individually and as a cluster. The CIP offers Ordinary Clusters a cost-sharing grant incentive of 75% of the qualifying project costs. The remaining 25% should come from the cluster participants. These incentives will not cover costs pertaining to machinery, equipment, commercial vehicles, land or buildings. Grant support for each approved partnership will be limited to a cumulative ceiling of R25-million (US$1.7m) over the period of the programme implementation.
  • A National Cluster is a sector or sub-sector wide development initiative coordinated by a national structure that is responsible for facilitating and managing national shared resources and projects as well as overseeing subnational cluster projects, where applicable. Activities of a National Cluster need to focus on Skills Development, Technology Development and Research and Incubation of SME manufacturers, service providers and suppliers through Shared Resources Facilities.
  • A Subnational Cluster may be formed with or after a National Cluster to implement and support the strategic objectives and activities of the National Cluster.
The CIP offers National Clusters and their supporting Subnational Clusters an initial investment grant of 100% of the approved qualifying expenditure for the first year, where after it becomes a cost sharing grant of 95% from the CIP in year 2; 90% from the CIP in year 3; 80% from the CIP in year 4; and 70% from the CIP in year 5. The balance of funding needs to be raised from cluster participants.


The "African Cotton, Textiles & Apparel Monitor" sent the following questions to the South African Mohair Cluster on 5 July 2018
  • What are the objectives of the cluster?
  • Currently what is the size of the mohair industry (e.g. number of farmers directly involved; number of farm workers; total weight of the clip for the past few years; value of the clip for the past few years; value of the clip exported for the past few years; the number of significant (not craft) down stream processors of mohair; how many workers the down stream processors employ; etc)
  • How much money will the DTI contribute to the cluster (I assume its DTI resources managed via the IDC)? What resources are the private sector contributing (I presume growers and processors)?
  • Who are the constituencies represented on the cluster steering committee?
  • Given that a significant percentage of the Lesotho mohair clip is being traded and processed in the South African portion of the value chain are they involved in the cluster. If yes - in what ways are they being involved?
  • When did the mohair cluster start its work? What is the anticipated completion date?
  • What work has been done thus far?
  • Are there any reports you could share?
  • What initiatives are contemplated in the future?
  • Has the fact that a significant (apparently almost 300) number of global brands / retailers have stated that they will no longer stock mohair products, as a consequence of the expose of by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organisation, impacted upon the work of the cluster?

On 14 August 2018 the following response was received:

"This response to you is well overdue, and for that we apologise.

"Our slowness in responding is largely as a result of the fact that our focus has been to develop a sound overarching strategy to combat the challenges that the sector faces (both historical and more recent). These consider a variety of shorter term, medium term and longer term activities aimed at achieving the sector growth targets identified.

"With regards to the more recent challenge presented through claims made in the media – we have been working closely with industry representatives on the development of a strategy which is close to being finalised. This strategy has not been shared with the mohair sector as yet – and therefore feel it would be premature to share the details of such through your platform until such time as we have had the opportunity to engage effectively with our direct mohair sector stakeholders. We hope you can appreciate this position.

"Regarding the number of farms, total mohair production etc is in the sphere of Mohair SA to share.

"Mohair operates in a competitive environment and our mandates the SAMC to understand the challenges to develop a competitive edge and to grow the local South Africa mohair availability both as greasy hair and made-up textile products.

"We will be developing relationships with key media to connect with the broader textile, home textile and apparel sector locally and internationally as part of the future communication strategies – and intend to keep that circle more updated on the Cluster’s purpose, strategies and progress.

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One of the reports of the South African Mohair Cluster - "Understanding Sustainability of Mohair Value Chain in South Africa" - which I found while surfing the world-wide-web - is located here HERE >>.
FACT OF THE WEEK

NORTH AFRICAN APPAREL EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES
JANUARY TO JUNE 2017
COMPARED WITH
JANUARY TO JUNE 2018
 
RESEARCH

Kenya National AGOA Strategy and Action Plan - 2018 – 2023”. Prepared by the Kenya Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) East Africa Trade & Investment Hub. July 2018.

Synopsis: The "Kenya National African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) Strategy and Action Plan" provides strategies and actions for increasing exports to the United States. The strategy offers recommendations informed by a review of Kenya’s economic and export performance under the first Kenya National AGOA Strategy (2012-2016), a value chain analysis of the benefits accrued under AGOA, and an overview of Kenya’s business environment, investment policy and other benchmark indicators. It recommends expanding US market share by diversifying buyers, facilitating trade, developing skills, increasing productivity, building trade support capacity and developing export supply. The strategy’s development demonstrates the Government of Kenya’s commitment to supporting national export activities and confirms the Government’s progress in strengthening relations with the US in areas of export trade and investment. The full paper can be READ HERE >> and the "Executive Summary" can be READ HERE >>.


Kenya: Integrated National Export Development & Promotion Strategy”. Republic of Kenya, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives - State Department for Trade. 31 July 2018.

Synopsis: For the last 30 years, Kenya has pursued an export led growth of her economic development following the radical shift in trade policy from an inward to an outward approach that was advocated in "Sessional Paper No. 1 of 1986 on Economic Management for Renewed Growth". This policy re-orientation is further reinforced in the "Kenya Vision 2030" policy framework that foresees trade as a key contributor to economic growth, targeting a rate of 10% per year.

The "National Export Development & Promotion Strategy" (NEDPS) seeks to reverse the downward trend of Kenya’s export performance by way of targeted sectoral export growth through the value chain approach that ensures direct link of domestic sector value chains to target destination markets. The national export growth strategy is driven by the overriding national goal of closing the Balance of Trade (BoT) deficit through export growth, factor productivity and stimulating overall factor employment and economic development. The targeted export growth rate that will deliver a BoT surplus by 2022 is estimated at an average annual growth rate of 25% rising from an envisaged slump in exports in 2017 and to gradually rise over the subsequent years from 15% in 2018 to 35% in 2022. In adopting this target, all the stakeholders in all the NEDPS focal sector consultative meetings noted that the target is realistic and could even be surpassed in some sectors if all the identified export constraints are substantially addressed through pragmatic results oriented interventions. The full paper can be READ HERE >>.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • International Textile Manufacturers' Federation (ITMF) - Annual Conference - 7-9 September 2018. Nairobi, Kenya. For more information: www.itmf.org
  • Origin Africa – Trade Show - 9-11 September 2018. Nairobi, Kenya. For more information: www.originafrica.org
  • Apparel Sourcing Paris - Trade Show - 17-20 September 2018. Paris, France. For more information: www.apparelsourcing.fr.messefrankfurt.com
  • International Cotton & Textile Conference - Conference & Trade Show - 27-29 September 2018. Koudougou, Burkina Faso. For more information: SEE HERE >>; but also SEE HERE >> and SEE HERE >>
  • Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week (ASFW) - Trade Show - 1-4 October 2018. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information: www.asfw-online.com
  • Maroc Sourcing 2018 - Trade Show - 11-12 October 2018. Marrakech, Morocco. For more information: www.marocsourcing.ma
  • Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference - Annual Conference - 22-24 October 2018. Milan, Italy. For more Information: www.textileexchange.org
  • Destination Africa - Trade Show - 17-19 November 2018. Cairo, Egypt. For more information: www.destination-africa.org
  • ATF Expo - Trade Show - 20-23 November 2018. Cape Town, South Africa. For more information: www.atfexpo.co.za
  • 77th Plenary Meeting - International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) - Annual Conference - 2-7 December 2018. Abidjan, Ivory Coast. For more information: www.icac.org and SEE HERE >>
  • Sourcing at Magic - Trade Show - 4-6 February 2019. Las Vegas, United States. For more information: www.ubmfashion.com
  • Morocco Fashion & Textile - Trade Show - 28-31 March 2019. Casablanca, Morocco, For more information: www.moroccostyle.net
  • Source Africa - Trade Show - 12-14 June 2019. Cape Town, South Africa. For more information: www.sourceafrica.co.za
 
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