Web Exclusive | February 2017
Kenya’s steps to boost textiles
Kenya is stitching together a policy to boost textile production. Measures include allowing textile firms in export promotion zones to sell up to 20 per cent of their produce locally without paying duties. This will allow textile firms to take advantage of the growing demand for apparel products by the growing middle class and hence boost the sector.
The aim is to ensure citizens have access to the same high quality products that are sold to overseas markets. Kenya happens to be a major importer of secondhand clothes. It’s hoped increased local production will make consumers switch from purchasing secondhand clothes.
Kenya’s textile and apparel exports grew to $415 million by the end of 2016, accounting for 30 per cent of industrial exports over the past five years.