Ethiopia is aiming ambitious target to generate $30 bn from the export of garment and textile by the year 2025. However, it is not the first time for the government to look to the textile and clothing supply chain as one of the country’s key targets for growth whose shipments are only $115 mn eight years before the year 2025. The target set is 300 fold rise in shipments within eight years. Back in 2015, the country’s annual export for clothing was $73.25 mn. According to Dr. Arekbe Oqubay, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desallegn, the plan will transform Ethiopia to a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

By 2025 they want to make Ethiopia the leading apparel and textile manufacturing hub in Africa capable of exporting up to $30bn. This is the single, bold vision they have. It is a challenge, but one they are confident that they can achieve. They believe if Vietnam can do it, if Bangladesh can do it, Ethiopia can do it even better.

Until 2010 the prime focus was on agriculture, an even in the last five years it has been in transition, Arkebe noted. But now they are giving more attention to manufacturing. And if they look at manufacturing, then apparel and textiles is out top priority because it’s the largest employing industry, and also the international market is significant: every household requires apparel and textile products. According to Ranjan Mahtain, Chairman and CEO of Hong Kong based Epic Group, one thing unique in Ethiopia is that there has never been such an organised roadmap dedicated to apparel and textiles.