The report was one of the three reports on Kenya’s priority manufacturing sector value chain aimed at stimulating economic growth. The performance of textile-apparel, leather, and timber-furniture value chains is significant for job and wealth creation in Kenya, according to Kenyan media reports.
The launch of the reports will help realisation of Kenya’s Industrial Transformation Programme and Vision 2030, cabinet secretary for Industrialisation Adan Mohamed said during the launch of the reports.
“The ‘Kenya Apparel and Textile Industry: Diagnosis, Strategy and Action Plan’ recommends we develop Kenya’s brand image as a hub for green textile and apparel production. To this end, the ministry will continue negotiating with other partner states for phasing out of imports of second hand textile and leather products,” he said in his speech.
Kenya’s apparel exports to the US under AGOA grew by 17 per cent in the past four years, said World Bank Kenya country director Diarietou Gaye. “Kenya’s textile and apparel sector has the potential to grow, increase its contribution to GDP, and serve as a source of gainful employment for its fast growing, young population.” (RKS)