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Kenya grants priority status to textile and apparel sector

The Kenyan Government has identified the textile and apparel sector as a priority sector and included it in the manufacturing pillar under the Big 4 Agenda and the Kenya Industrial Transformation Program. According to the Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, Kenya has an unemployment rate of 39 per cent.

The textiles and apparels sector is the most labour intensive sectors of the manufacturing industry. The development of sector’s farm – fashion value chain offers the country immense opportunities in cotton farming, textile mills and apparels/fashion industry with a capacity to employ about 10 per cent of the country’s population, comprising 60 per cent women.