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A New Dawn for Kenyan Manufacturing? Danish Textile Companies Visit Kenya

23.04.2013  15:31

"We want to build a manufacturing and export industry, tailored to the needs of the European market" said Rajeev Arora, Executive Director of ACTIF, the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation. "The European market wants 2-6 weeks delivery time and the ability to change styles rapidly. Kenyan companies are mostly SMEs – they are adaptive and respond well to change. Furthermore, Kenya is unique due to the quality of its education system."

Betty Maina, Chief Executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers set out the ambition of the project: "It's about diversifying the industry. As for Textile East Africa, what we really hope for is sustained orders and mutual trade."

Ambassador Geert Aagaard Andersen provided a post-election outlook for Kenya, "Through peaceful elections the Kenyan people showed that the country has moved forward. What’s on the agenda now is developing the local value chains and increasing trade. Textile East Africa is an important step in this direction."

"The opportunity is there for Danish and Kenyan SMEs to grow together," said Joseph Kosure, from the Ministry of Trade. "We can close the exchange gap by going from tourism to trade to investment and manufacturing."

Margaret Waithaka, Manager of New Investment at the Export Processing Zones Authority touched upon the benefits of the newly established Export Processing Zones, especially for companies within the textile industry.

Also attending the delegation was:
Tine Bork, Head of Projects, Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Håndværksrådet), Michael Hillmose, Head of International Affairs, Danish Fashion and Textile, Pia Odgaard, Head of CSR, Danish Fashion and Textile, Festus Musyoki, Project Coordinator for Textile East Africa Project. Read his Project Report from February 2013 for more info.

  

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