ZIMBABWE will launch its Cotton-to-Clothing (C2C) Export Strategy at the 5th Clothing Indaba in Bulawayo on September 26. The Strategy aims to revive the country’s cotton and textile industry, which plays a significant role in Zimbabwe’s economic growth and development. More than 1 million Zimbabweans depend, including farmers, ginner, and textile producers – as well as their families – depend on cotton for their livelihoods.
The Strategy has been developed by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, with the support of the International Trade Centre. It is aligned to the C2C Strategy of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and aims to boost opportunities for Zimbabwean producers in Eastern and Southern Africa.
More than 100 stakeholders from the C2C sector, including representatives from the public sector, rural communities, small and medium-sized enterprises, and civil society, have defined a series of market-led development priorities. This Strategy delivers a unifying roadmap with an ambitious set of targets, including a steep increase in yields to 1,200 kilograms per hectare that will benefit 250,000 smallholders.
This Strategy sets out to increase production of cotton lint to 450,000 tons per year, and for exports of textiles and garments to reach US$ 7.5 million by 2019, when the implementation of the strategy is expected to be complete. Mike Bimha, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Industry and Commerce, Dorothy Ng’ambi Tembo, ITC’s Deputy Executive Director, Sindiso Ngwenya, Secretary-General of COMESA, will oversee the launch of the Strategy at the Bulawayo Clothing Indaba.
The Strategy has been developed by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, with the support of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and funded by the European Union under the EU-Africa Partnership on Cotton, and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). – Own Correspondent