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Kenya offers incentives to textile companies

Kenya has started giving tax incentives to apparel and textile companies, as part of the plan to revive the under-performing manufacturing sector. The move is expected to create jobs and provide affordable new clothes to shoppers. According to new rules, textile companies would be allowed to sell 20 per cent of their annual production locally without sales taxes and without paying import duties on the materials and equipment used to produce the garments, reportedly informed […]

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Creswick Woollen Mills obtains US $ 500,000 grant

Australia-based Creswick Woollen Mills has obtained a US $ 500,000 grant from the State Government to further improve its goal of fibre tourism with an expanded cafe area, animal viewing facilities and upgraded welcome centre. The mills strongly focus on attracting Chinese tourists with a specialised sales area and what is being described as “an interactive fibre tourism experience,” where the process of making woollen products is demonstrated and explained. Also Read –South Africa approves […]

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Gujarat (India) gets new trade body for garment industry

A new trade body – Association of Apparel Manufacturers and Exporters of Gujarat (AAMEG) – has been formed in Gujarat, India, to address the issues being faced by the garment industry. The organization will take care of development and growth of the sector. “Textiles have a strong base in Gujarat. Now, we need to focus on developing the garment industry in the state. We should organise more trade shows to create awareness about fairs, as […]

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Indian Govt. to trademark handmade carpets

Indian Government is mulling to introduce standards and a trademark to strengthen India’s place as the top sourcing destination of handmade carpets and ensure that products comply with quality benchmarks. This has been stated by Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC). The procedure will take two or three years to create parameters on turnover, employment and compliance with effluent treatment norms. According to him, the Textiles Ministry has started the procedure to […]

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Indian Govt. inks pact to provide cheaper loans to SC artisans, weavers

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Development Commissioner (Handlooms) and National Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation to facilitate cheaper loans to artisans and weavers belonging to the Scheduled Caste community in India. Commenting on the MoU signed on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian constitution, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Union Textiles Minister Zubin Irani said that the MoU is a great example of […]

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Indian Government to revive Odisha Textile Mills

Odisha (India) Government has shown immense interest in the revival of Odisha Textile Mills (OTM). After a high-level meeting, Debi Prasad Mishra, Industries Minister of the state, said, “Decision on restarting OTM was pending in court since 2001 and the State Government is hopeful to revive it. The Odisha Government has proposed to set up an Integrated Park and Textile & Apparel industry there as well.” Also Read – Textile mills in Sachin GIDC (India) […]

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Jordan Garment Sector Alliance to create jobs for Syrian refugees

Backed by World Bank Group, ‘Jordan Garment Sector Alliance’ has been formed by various partners including the International Labour Organization, Better Work Jordan, Jordan Investment Commission, Jordan Industrial Estates Company, Jordan Garments, Accessories, and Textiles Exporters’ Association (JGate) and Jordan Chamber of Industry and Trade for Syrian refugees. Jordan, currently hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations’ refugee agency, agreed to implement ambitious measures aimed at creating 200,000 jobs in the […]

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South Africa approves grant to boost garment and textile industry

A grant of US $ 355.65 million has been approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of South Africa to boost its garment and textile sector. The fund allocation will also create and save jobs. “DTI through the Production Incentives Programme (PIP) within the Clothing and Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP), approved US $ 355.65 million to create and save jobs in the sector,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was quoted as saying […]

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FIEO targets US $ 500 billion exports in 2017-18

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has set a target to achieve merchandise exports to be around US $ 315 billion and services exports to about US $ 185 billion in FY 2017-18. This has disclosed by new FIEO President Ganesh Kumar Gupta in a release issued by the organization. The Federation expects to end the fiscal 2016-17 with an export of about US $ 270-275 billion as against US $ 262 billion in […]

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Indian Govt. to implement schemes via KVIC for rural artisans

India’s Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) has decided to implement various schemes through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the nodal agency for promotion of cluster development for khadi, and Coir Board to generate rural employment and to promote the entrepreneurs in the rural areas of the country… 1. Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) is a credit linked subsidy scheme, for setting up of new micro-enterprises and to generate employment opportunities […]

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Kenya aims to boost apparel industry

Kenya’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to improve partnership with local textile and apparel sector in a bid to improve quality of products. This move will further fast-track ‘Buy Kenyan, Build Kenya’ initiative, informed Investment and Trade Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed. The Kenyan Government has also decided to waive off duties and taxes on apparel, clothing and garments made in Export Processing Zone, revealed Mohamed during his visit to Athi River-based Hela Clothing […]

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Maharashtra (India) mulls solar projects for textile sector

The State Government of Maharashtra (India) is planning to shape up a scheme to develop solar projects to supply electricity to the textile sector. This was announced by Subhash Deshmukh, Minister of Textiles (Maharashtra), while attending a live broadcast programme of Centre’s Power Tex India Scheme launch. Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani had launched the Scheme at Bhiwandi in Mumbai and the programme was broadcast at 43 centres nationwide. The Minister also said that […]

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Uzbekistan focusing on strengthening its textile industry

Uzbekistan and Ukraine signed contracts worth more than US $ 47.4 million in the presence of representatives of more than 50 enterprises operating in textile and other sectors. This development has come as Uzbekistan has initiated special attention to focus on the textile industry in the country. Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also visited several industrial enterprises and launched the construction of a new metallurgical plant during his trip to the Navoi Province last month. The […]

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10 key points from Power Tex Scheme

1. For the development of powerloom sector in India, the Textiles Ministry simultaneously launched Power Tex Scheme (effective April 1, 2017) at over 45 different locations. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani launched it in Bhiwandi (Maharashtra) while the same was launched at Surat by Ajay Tamta, State Minister of Textiles, in Erode by Pushpa Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles. 2. The Group Work Shed Scheme (GWS) under Power Tex provides 40 to 90 per cent […]

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Garment exports from India soar in April-Jan. 2016-17

Exports of readymade garments from India witnessed a positive growth of 4.5 per cent in INR terms and 1.0 per cent in USD terms during April-January, 2016-17, as compared to the same period of previous financial year, informed Minister of State, Textiles Ajay Tamta in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha (House of the People), the Lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament. During the above mentioned period, India exported readymade garments to […]

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