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Smiles as Kenya textile, leather sectors get Sh3 billion boost
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/busi...textile-leather-sectors-get-sh3-billion-boost

Farmers and traders in the cotton and leather industries could see improved fortunes in future if a plan mooted by the Government succeeds. The two suffered a beating when the industry was liberalised allowing the market to flood with cheap imports. Now, the Government plans to rejuvenate the sectors to create thousands of jobs, especially in the textile industry, which is currently on its knees.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/busi...textile-leather-sectors-get-sh3-billion-boost
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Bid to expand EPZs as textile market swell
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The Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Wednesday invited bids for expression of interest in building over 20 warehouses. Each will cover 6,000 to 10,000 square metres (about the size of a football pitch, at 7,036 square metres)
Interested investors are expected to send bid documents by August 26. “Buyers from US have expressed interest in buying apparel from Kenya.
Investors in warehouses will be provided with a range of incentives that include land and 10-year corporate and withholding tax holiday.
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Plans are underway to expand warehouses for the textile industry at the Export Processing Zones Authority grounds in Athi River in anticipation of increased business from America.

The Ministry of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Wednesday invited bids for expression of interest in building over 20 warehouses. Each will cover 6,000 to 10,000 square metres (about the size of a football pitch, at 7,036 square metres).

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The completed warehouses are to be sold or leased to local and international investors in the textile and apparel sector.

This comes in the wake of the government’s renewed focus on the textile and leather industry, as stated during the reading of this year’s budget, meant to create jobs and bridge the export trade imbalance.

Interested investors are expected to send bid documents by August 26. “Buyers from US have expressed interest in buying apparel from Kenya.

Some of them visited the country in May. We need to increase the capacity to supply that market,” said Mr Mathenge Wanderi, former EPZA chairman whose term ended in July.

The ministry said potential investors should demonstrate experience and ability to finance, construct, manage and operate a project of such a magnitude.
“There are capacity constraints for warehouses owing to a shift in orders from Asia to East Africa, particularly Kenya.

Most firms cannot meet the demand; and have to expand,” said Jaswinder Bedi chairman of Africa Cotton Textiles Industries Federation and proprietor of Bedi Investments, a textile firm based in Nakuru.

RANGE OF INCENTIVES

Investors in warehouses will be provided with a range of incentives that include land and 10-year corporate and withholding tax holiday.

“The ministry will aim to secure tenancy on a long term basis and ensure appropriate returns on investment. The investor is expected to finance, construct and manage the warehouses in conjunction with the Export Processing Zones Authority,” the advert said.

They will also enjoy duty and VAT exemptions on construction materials. Other incentives are exemption from pre-shipment, inspection and import declaration form fees on imported construction materials and business inputs. They will also not pay Value Added Tax and income tax on rental income
 

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Mombasa Apparels EPZ open Kes. 2.2bn ($25mn) factory in Mtwapa

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A Kes. 2.2bn ($25mn) garment factory started its operations in Kenya’s coastal town of Mtwapa on Saturday as part of the government’s ongoing effort to position the East African nation as an industrial investments destination.

Speaking during the official opening of the Mombasa Apparels EPZ factory, Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said the plant will manufacture garments for the international market.

"Such investments in the textiles and apparels sectors are a clear demonstration of the growing investor confidence," Mohamed told journalists in Mtwapa, Kilifi County.

"The government is deliberately focusing on labour intensive sectors that are key drivers in job creation and industrialisation, " he added.

The move comes as the East African nation plans to build a textile city to meet the manufacturing investment needs for a number of global garment marketing firms.

The Textile City model besides foreign investments attraction will be one of the key pillars earmarked as the national job creation platforms.

The EPZ Apparel’s Sector currently employs more than 35,000 people in the EPZ alone, and has the potential to generate more jobs across the entire value chain in the country over the next two years if the right mix of policy interventions is implemented.

Mohamed said the opening of the factory had created 3,000 direct jobs with a potential to create another 4,000 jobs in its second phase of development.

"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 300 million dollars and 10,000 new direct jobs created in the apparel sector," Mohamed said...
 

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The images are advertising the apparel that they are making in the factory, as worn by models.

As the name suggests, the items made in this factory are meant for export. These items are subject to global marketing campaigns such as those displayed on within the factory... Tuliza boli
 

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President Kenyatta summarised his priorities in the second term into what he called the Big Four: food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare for all.

“During the next five years, I will dedicate the energy, time and resources of my administration to the Big Four,” he said.

In the manufacturing sector, President Kenyatta directed that all boots, leather products and textiles for the disciplined forces be procured from local manufacturers, with effect from the 2018/19 financial year.

This, he argued, will boost an economy that buys more than 30 million pairs of shoes a year, yet has the third-largest cattle herd in Africa.
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This is something we should have done 20 years ago!
 

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I didn't know the Kenyan military had switched to pixilated camouflage
They don't, only the NYS does-for legal reasons probably. Military still uses British DPM and some special forces units use MTP, which is likely to replace dpm as standard issue in the future.

MTP was designed to suit the Kenyan environment specifically, so it would be idiotic for KDF not to adopt a camo that was developed to suit the Kenyan bush by NATO powers.
 

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They don't, only the NYS does-for legal reasons probably. Military still uses British DPM and some special forces units use MTP, which is likely to replace dpm as standard issue in the future.

MTP was designed to suit the Kenyan environment specifically, so it would be idiotic for KDF not to adopt a camo that was developed to suit the Kenyan bush by NATO powers.
That pixilated green would make good camo...

Though it’s better suited if it was a navy uniform or one KDF can use when fighting in an Urban setting.
 

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Dubai textiles firm to create 10,000 jobs at Olkaria plant


A Dubai-based textiles company, United Aryan (EPZ), plans to build a factory that could employ up to 10,000 workers at Olkaria geothermal fields in Naivasha to take advantage of lower electricity costs.

The factory, expected to be constructed in the next two years, will manufacture apparel such as trousers, knit tops, fleeces, shirts, robes and pajamas.

United Aryan currently operates at Baba Dogo’s Balaji Export Processing Zone in Ruaraka, where it manufactures apparels for export.

The company’s founder and Chairman Pankaj Bedi said the factory will produce products for sale not only in Kenya, but across other markets in the world such as US and Europe.

“We have identified an ideal place at Olkaria geothermal fields in Naivasha where we intend to establish a Sh11.5 billion factory for the production of quality garments. We expect to start construction in the next two years and thereafter start operations as soon as the factory will be complete,” Mr Bedi said in an interview.

The factory, which will sit on a 20-acre land will provide employment opportunities to an estimated 10,000 locals directly and 40,000 other Kenyans indirectly.

It will have six units made up of 84 lines with the capacity to produce and wash more than 100,000 pieces of attire on a daily basis.
This is what we need. 10,000 here 5, 000 there 15,000 elsewhere and before you know it we get a million people off the streets, then 2 million..... Hope they get all these planned EPZ's to start roaring around the country.

And that is what cheap electricity will do for us folks. If we didn't have power in Naivasha guess what these Jobs would be landing somewhere in Ethiopia or whoever else is investing in cheap power
 
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