The government’s ongoing effort to position the country as an industrial investments destination has received the backing of an investor in the textile manufacturing sector.As part of the government’s efforts to attract textile and related industrialists to boost job opportunities, the new Mombasa Apparels EPZ factory has today commenced operations.
Located in Mtwapa, Kilifi County, the new Mombasa Apparels EPZ Factory will manufacture garments for the international market.
Speaking during the official opening of the US$ 25million factory, Industrialization and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Mr. Adan Mohamed, said the opening of the factory had created 3000 direct jobs with a potential to create another 4,000 jobs in its second phase of development.
“Such investments in the Textiles and Apparels Sectors are a clear demonstration of the growing investor confidence,” Adan said. “The Government is deliberately focusing on labour intensive sectors that are key drivers in job creation and industrialization.” he added.
This year, Kenya managed to spring up as the leading and largest exporter under the AGOA program in Sub-Saharan Africa, with exports to the tune of over US$300 million and 10,000 new direct jobs created in the apparel sector.
To underscore the importance of this sector, global players in Textiles and Apparels will be in the country next week, to participate at the Origin Africa, a Pan-African event organized by the African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrialization and other local and international players to discuss the future of this sector.
“From a global perspective, many industrialized nations have had the textile and apparel sectors as their pioneer sectors to industrialization. It is for this reason that the Government of Kenya is making provisions to support this sector by focusing on strategic interventions that will improve the operating environment among them subsidizing the cost of power in order to ensure that investors are able to create more employment opportunities for our people. These interventions will also ensure that as a country we remain competitive and well positioned to grab a share of the global apparel market that stands in excess of $500bn,” he added.