Kenya’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to improve partnership with local textile and apparel sector in a bid to improve quality of products. This move will further fast-track ‘Buy Kenyan, Build Kenya’ initiative, informed Investment and Trade Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed.
The Kenyan Government has also decided to waive off duties and taxes on apparel, clothing and garments made in Export Processing Zone, revealed Mohamed during his visit to Athi River-based Hela Clothing Ltd.
Set up with an aim to increase exports and investment of around US $ 6 million, Hela Clothing is reportedly Kenya’s first intimate production facility, which exported US $ 1.5 million worth of undergarment in 6 months for Calvin Klein, Victoria Secrets and other licensed brands owned by US clothing conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH Corp).
According to the report, Kenya’s textile and apparel exports had grown to US $ 415 million by the end of 2016, accounting for 30 per cent of industrial exports over the past five years. The country, however, is a major importer of second-hand clothes despite its vibrant textile sector. The Ministry also organized an apparel fair recently where high fashion and top quality apparels – trousers, shirts, jeans, jackets and undergarments were displayed to attract buyers.