Kenya will soon be the first country in sub-Sahara Africa, hosting a fully serviced textile city to meet the manufacturing investment needs for a number of leading global garment marketing firms.The Textile City model to be championed by the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development will besides foreign investments attraction be one of the key pillars earmarked as the national job creation platforms.
Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday at the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) Complex in Athi River, when he hosted a delegation of 40 international garment manufacturing firms, with combined annual revenue of more than $25 billion who are on a country visit, Cabinet Secretary, Adan Mohamed, confirmed that plans for the establishment of a textile city are now at an advanced stage.
The delegation is led by high ranking executives from PVH and VF Corporation, who are some of the world’s largest apparel manufacturing companies which own and market iconic brands worldwide.
By establishing a textile city, for onward leasing to potential investors, Kenya, Mohamed assured will be seeking to address existing industrialization bottlenecks at the Athi River EPZA zone as well as other locations.
The ministry, he said, targets to attract at least 100 textile investment firms at the textile city and create more than 200,000 sustainable textile jobs by December 2016.