Archive | Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia: Reports from the beginning of the garment journey

    PVH and Chinese alike are struggling to recoup their textile factory investments 

  • Top 20 clothing exporters remain unchanged as world clothing trade falls

    The volume of the $255 bn worth of clothing (measured in numbers of garments) imported in 2017 into the key developed countries (Japan, the US and EU – JUSEU) fell 3.1%, according to the 2017 edition of Clothesource Tradetrak.

  • 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.

  • US September imports continue growth trend

    US apparel imports in September, measured in square metres of apparel, grew 4.8%, bringing growth in the moving annual total (MAT)  to September to 6.1%. As in most Septembers, China’s share was around 50%.

  • Chinese apparel exports hit hard as Eurozone and Japanese apparel imports tumble

    The US dollar value of Chinese apparel exports continued to fall in June. But, with exports to the UK and US remaining healthy, the fall seems mostly the result of the collapsing euro and yen.

  • 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.