Nigeria has set up a garment design center to create a pool of skilled personnel for employment in garment manufacturing; inculcate international best practices in apparel production; build capacity for entrepreneurs in apparel production thereby making the sector more competitive; and strengthen the existing sector for domestic production and export purposes. Nigeria is awash with creative talents in the fashion industry, whose designs can compete anywhere globally. However, there is a wide gap in production and finishing, which affects the marketability of garments made in Nigeria at the international market. The center is equipped with machines and facilities to enhance learning for skill development in the sector.
Nigeria has consistently participated in Magic Las Vegas, the world’s largest sourcing show for apparels and footwear. The event exposes the country’s designers to other international designers and helps them learn about international trade, the dynamics of the trade and the intricacies of exporting to America. The Nigerian fashion industry will use the center to brainstorm truly innovative concepts and execute them professionally and so participate more in the global market for garments, which is expected to reach a trillion dollars by 2020.