China weaves billions into Kenyan textile industry - CNBC Africa

China weaves billions into Kenyan textile industry

East Africa

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

Chinese firm, Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Company Limited, has committed to build a textile plant in Kenya. PHOTO: World Textiles

The textile plant, which will be located in the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, will sit in a 50,000 acre cotton farm in Naivasha and should cost about 44 billion Kenyan shillings (500 million US dollars).

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Adan Mohammed and Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Company president Xiangjun Kong signed the deal on Thursday.

According to Mohammed, the textile factory which will be one of the largest in the continent will create more than 30,000 jobs. The plant is expected to produce goods worth 1.5 billion dollars per annum and is also anticipated to triple, the East African nation's annual production of textile goods.

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Textile production recorded a 6.5 per cent growth in 2013 predominantly supported by manufacture of twine, cordage and rope as well as knitting wool.

Earlier the Chinese company disclosed that it has completed pre-investment evaluations to build a textile factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. The factory will create over 20,000 jobs once it starts operation.

The firm has also made similar pre-investment assessments in Uganda, and Tanzania.

(READ MORE: High costs slow down Kenya's textile industry)

In August, the Export-Import Bank of India said it will provide funding worth 7.9 billion Kenyan shillings for the expansion of Rift Valley Textile Company Ltd once the Indian government agrees to the proposal.

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