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Kenyan industry and trade ministry boost local textile apparel sector

The Kenyan ministry of Industry and trade says it is enhancing partnerships with local textile and apparel sector in a bid to improve quality of products. The partnership between the government and private sector is aimed at fast-tracking the ‘Buy Kenyan, Build Kenya’ initiative, says C S Adan Mohamed.

In its latest move duties and taxes on apparel, clothing and garments made in Export Processing Zone have been waived. So the products can now be sold in local Kenyan market without VAT and duties. Speaking during a tour of Athi River-based Hela Clothing, Mohamed said they are getting this good news at a time when the global textile and apparel industry is facing tough times due to uncertainties in the global economy.

The $6 million undergarment production facility has so far exported $1.5 million worth of undergarments in six months to US clothing conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation through its well known brands such as Calvin Klein and Victoria Secrets. This is the country’s first undergarment production facility which is also aimed at slicing Kenya’s clothing import bill currently at over $815 million. The ministry is gearing up to host a clothing fair from March 29 to 31 at the KICC grounds. The exhibition will showcase high fashion, top quality apparels including trousers, shirts, jeans, jackets and undergarments.