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Cabinet approves textile policy

By Vision Reporter

Added 9th September 2009 03:00 AM

THE Cabinet has approved a textile policy which seeks to create a competent and sustainable textile and clothing industry through value chains.

THE Cabinet has approved a textile policy which seeks to create a competent and sustainable textile and clothing industry through value chains.

By Aidah Nanyonjo

THE Cabinet has approved a textile policy which seeks to create a competent and sustainable textile and clothing industry through value chains.

This was revealed by the state minister for industry and technology, Simon Lokodo, while closing a workshop on cotton-to- clothing value chain in Kampala on Tuesday.

The policy, formulated by the Ministry for Trade, Tourism and Industry, will also focus on improving capacity of production, marketing and competitiveness of the existing textile enterprises.

“Our national textile policy emphasises infrastructure, human resource development, technology and procurement in addition to addressing the cost of doing business in the COMESA region,” he said.

The policy shall be implemented on the basis of an effective and efficient public-private partnership model with a timeframe of five years, he added.

Lokodo emphasised that the policy would give the textile sector the much needed vision. He noted that more investment is needed to optimise local production if Uganda is to become self-sufficient in producing clothing materials for her own population.

Uganda recorded an annual production of 254,000 bales as the highest in the last five years. A bale weighs about 185 kilograms. Uganda has the potential of producing 1,000,000 bales.

The policy shall soon be tabled to Parliament for approval.

Cabinet approves textile policy

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