The Government of Kenya plans to set up a textile city as part of the East African nation’s efforts to revive its domestic textile and apparel sector.
The city will be an important platform for job creation in the country with an estimated 200,000 jobs expected to be created by 2016. The Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said that the city will meet the manufacturing needs of leading apparel marketing firms around the world.
“Once the manufacturers set their plants in the country and are able to source for materials externally, we can explore ways of reviving the sector backwards,” he said.
“By establishing a Textile City for onward leasing to potential investors, Kenya will be seeking to address existing industrialisation bottlenecks at the Athi River export processing zone as well as other locations,” he continued. The ministry is targeting attracting up to 100 textile firms by 2016.
The ministry, he said, targets to attract at least 100 textile investment firms at the Textile City and create more than 200,000 sustainable textile jobs by December 2016.