Textile & clothing value chain roadmap of Kenya
The goal of Kenya’s Textile and Clothing (T&C) Value Chain Roadmap is to set the sector on the course of strategic development by addressing constraints in a comprehensive manner and defining concrete opportunities that can be realized through the specific steps detailed in its Plan of Action (PoA). Kenya’s current model has performed well, yielding strong economic and social returns. However, a progressive shift to a new strategic model is required to remain competitive. The industry must unite and evolve in order to leapfrog into higher growth and value addition.
The sector’s strategic orientation should follow a two-pronged approach. Firstly, Kenya has to build on its assembly and cut, make and trim (CMT) prowess. Secondly, the sector has to move up the global value chain, shifting from basic items to superior products in order to capture greater value and penetrate premium market segments. The PoA responds to these two visions by setting four strategic objectives to support their implementation:
1. Maximize productivity and uphold quality requirements through skills development.
2. Improve the business environment to further support the development of the T&C industry.
3. Expand the benefits of investment throughout the T&C value chain.
4. Enable market penetration and product development through trade intelligence