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  • Foreign investment in Ethiopia declines in 2016. So Ethiopians recycle old textile investment stories

    Foreign investment in Ethiopia looks likely to undershoot its target for 2016, after falling sharply in the second half of the year.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.

  • Bagir acquires all shares in Ethiopian venture

    Israel’s Bagir announced the buy-out of a local partner’s 50% share in its Nazareth, Ethiopia, manufacturing plant for $1.8 mn.

  • Ethiopians award contracts for two more apparel parks

    China’s CGCOC Group to construct Bole Lemi II Industrial Park  at a cost of $143 mn in the south of Addis Ababa. China’s CCCC to a second industrial park in the Oromia Regional State in Jimma,for $61mn

  • Bagir announces completion of its first Ethiopian contract

    Israel’s Bagir announced their Ethiopian plant’s first completed foreign order, a trouser programme for US H&M stores.

  • Ethiopia violence undermines ‘visionary’ sourcing strategies

    The partial destruction by rioters last week of the Saygin Dima mill in Ethiopia perfectly illustrates the short-term superficiality of too many ‘visionary’ sourcing strategies.

  • Jiangsu Sunshine announces Ethiopian investment

    China’s Jiangsu Sunshine announced during early April a $350 mn investment in a new plant in Ethiopia’s Adama industrial park.

  • Ethiopia: why neat plans don’t guarantee the jobs developing countries need

    In my Sourcing Journal article on Ethiopia, I question the wisdom of elaborate “dirt to shirt” national garment and textile strategies.

  • McKinsey’s long prescription for Ethiopia

    A Mc Kinsey survey forecasts a range of apparel-exporting possibilities for East Africa by 2025 between around $0.5 bn and $3 bn. It puts today’s apparel exports by Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda combined at around $300 mn.

  • Ethiopia garment industry shortfall: government now blames manufacturers

    Ahmed Abitew, Ethiopia’s industry minister, blamed garment and textile makers in April for the underperformance of the country’s garment export programme. 

  • Ethiopians accept current export targets are unachievable.

    The key manager behind Ethiopia’s project to export $1 bn in textiles by 2016 effectively admitted in public on April 8 that the timetable has been abandoned.  He now forecasts the target will be achieved by 2025, in a second phase of the country’s Growth and Transformation Plan, now being called GTP II.

  • Ethiopians start the debate about a realistic ten-year apparel plan

    Ethiopia has admitted its plans for apparel and textile exports have been unrealistic. Its revised project may be achievable – but the real costs to the Ethiopian people still seem unacknowledged, and buyers’ requirements may be well beyond the country’s ability to offer.

  • Shaoxing Mina joins queue of Asian investors in Ethiopia

    Shaoxing Mina Textile Company announced on March 4 it would spend $15 mn developing a “textile and garment” plant at Sebeta in Ethiopia’s Oromia State.

  • Ethiopians worried about alleged cotton shortage

    Ethiopia’s Textiles Industry Development Institute (TIDI) has felt the need to explain why, in spite of apparel production hopelessly behind its target, factories are importing cotton.

  • US announces cash for labour inspections in Peru and Philippines and to fight child labour in Ethiopia

    December 22:  US Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs  announced  $10 million cooperative agreement with World Vision to implement a project to address exploitative labour among youth in Ethiopia and  two grants to help strengthen workers’ rights in Peru and the Philippines through technical assistance projectsfor labour inspectorates.