Textiles Firms want Bigger Share of State Tenders
The local textiles manufacturers have launched a fresh bid for a bigger chunk of public tenders in addition to a proposal for higher taxes on imported second hand clothes. The demands comes after a study conducted in 2013 revealed that 93% of textile products consumed locally, including uniforms for security forces and linen for public hospitals are imported.
This comes ahead of the AGOA 2013 forum which will be held in Addis Ababa in August amid concerns that not enough has been done to convince top US government officials to make AGOA permanent. The AGOA trade window is set to expire in November 2015.
The textile industry is further demanding for AGOA to be extended for a period of not less than 10 years to give African countries reasonable time for building capacity to compete in global markets.
In 2012, Kenya exported apparel worth over USD 286 million, over 96% was destined to the US market. On the other hand Kenya imports a lot of apparel from China, Hong Kong, S. Africa, Thailand, India and Turkey.
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