Rwanda/China to build garment factory to halt secondhand clothing imports

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Rwanda/China to build garment factory to halt secondhand clothing imports

The Rwanda Development Board and China’s Pink Mango C&D  have signed an agreement to establish  a garment factory aimed at discouraging the importation of second-hand clothes into the country.

The collaboration is expected to provide 7,500 jobs to Rwandans and cumulative export earnings of $20million over the next five years.

The factory, which will be located in the capital Kigali’s Special Economic zone, will produce garments for both the domestic and export market, the RDB confirmed.

“The investment of Pink Mango C&D will not only enable us to increase our exports but also reduce imports of clothing. We have been using fiscal measures to progressively discourage the importation of second-hand clothes because it was hurting the growth of the domestic textile and garment industry.

Therefore, we are attaining a double objective by signing this deal.” RDB Deputy Chief Executive Officer  and Chief Operating Officer Emmanuel Hategeka explained after the signing.

Gordon Gu, the Director of Pink Mango C&D Garments noted: We are glad this business makes economic sense for the country and we will ensure that Rwandans work in good conditions.”

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reGina Jane Jere is a Zambian-born London-based journalist and founding Editor of the New African Woman magazine the sister-publication of the New African magazine of which she was the Deputy Editor for over a decade. The mother of two juggles a wide-range of editorial and managerial duties, but she has particular passion on women’s health, education, rights and empowerment. She is also a former Zambian correspondent for Agence France Presse, and a former Africa Researcher at Index on Censorship. She writes extensively on a wide range of issues, from politics to women’s rights, media and free speech to beauty and fashion.

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