New Strategy To Revamp Uganda’s Textile Sector

Workers of at a factory in Uganda. The country plans to implement a new textile strategy. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Michael Wakabi

Uganda has completed the development of a strategy for its cotton, textiles and apparels sector that could generate 50,000 new jobs and $650 million in additional export revenues over the next eight years.

The strategy, which is also supposed to feed into the third edition of the National Development Plan NDP III, should result in increased fiber cotton production, scale-up domestic value addition and create employment.

Besides the need to address structural and policy bottlenecks that currently hamper the development of the cotton value chain, there will be a need to establish five new vertically integrated textile mills.

In addition to increasing value to Uganda’s cotton output, the factories would employ 50,000 workers earning a combined $50 million annually.

The strategy proposes to revive the cotton production value chain and investment in export-oriented apparel as well as garment production factories that would initially rely on imported fabric….Read more>>

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