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Out of Africa: Textile and garment industry

Published on December 15, 2015

Africa's textile and garment industry is optimistic that its shipments to the United States, the world's biggest market for such products, will surge following the 10-year renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) - under the United States' General System of Preferences that allows duty-free imports of a wide range of African products, which was signed by President Barack Obama on June 11, 2015.

This is also driving many Turkish, Indian and Chinese textile companies to African countries, particularly Ethiopia and Kenya, to not only flee the rising production and labor costs at home but also to avail of the duty-free exports under the AGOA to the United States. Read more. Source | Daily Sabah