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Local apparel sector to boost GDP

By Ngozi Egenuka
17 November 2022   |   3:09 am
Lead, Legal and Policy, Council for International Africa Fashion Education,(CIAFE) Sinmisoluwa Adesanya has urged stakeholders in the clothing, textile and apparel sector to collaborate with other countries and expand to revive the ailing industry, which can boost GDP and reduced unemployment. Adesanya disclosed this during a panel session at the African Textile and Apparel Manufacturing…

Lead, Legal and Policy, Council for International Africa Fashion Education,(CIAFE) Sinmisoluwa Adesanya has urged stakeholders in the clothing, textile and apparel sector to collaborate with other countries and expand to revive the ailing industry, which can boost GDP and reduced unemployment.

Adesanya disclosed this during a panel session at the African Textile and Apparel Manufacturing and Trade Policy Summit 2022, tagged, ‘Empowering Change: West Africa, the Next Frontier for Apparel Sourcing and Investment’ organised by Leoht.

She stated that in every country, the main role of the government and parliament is to prioritise policies options and investments that can deliver the greatest benefit for the economy. 

She emphasised that Nigeria needs to develop it’s Manufacturing hub to give authentic narrative to Africa’s story and become the next destination for apparel source in West Africa.

“Ethiopia has an apparel manufacturing hub, Nigeria can actually partner with them to get their expertise, but tell our story and implement it the way that suits our culture and climate.

 According to her, government should reduce tarrif and review non tarrif policies because there are certain issues that affects designers. Government need to boost the textile industry, which is a huge contribution to economy. We need structure, the fashion and textile industry have to collaborate in order to promote the culture of Africa. 

  Executive Director, Planet 3R, Adejoke Lasisi, said Nigeria is a huge market with potentials but policies have not created the enabling environment. 

“China and other countries have gone far in apparel production because they have constant work to do. When I say constant work, I don’t mean contracts but providing and producing for their populations,” she said. 

Emphasised the need to patronise local apparel manufacturers, she said, “Chinese are printing Ankara. They print Ankara and all of them are wearing it.Even our Aso Oke is being made in China. I have seen imported Aso Oke in the market. People are even importing our traditional attire that should be our heritage and source of income for local producers.

“In apparel manufacturing you are only able to do real manufacturing when you are in constant production. A lot of us are hanging in the industry as a result of our passion and the investments we have made, not because much is happening,” she said.

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