Ethiopia shows potential to become African textile, The government of Ethiopia to make its manufacturing sector globally competition has been keen on diversifying exports with priorities focused on strategic sectors like textile and garment manufacturing in the move towards industrialisation from a primarily agriculture based economy. The effort is part of the structural transformation of Ethiopia’s economy to exports of industrial outputs rather than raw agricultural products. Ethiopia’s history in textile began in 1939 when the first garment factory was established. Data shows that in recent years, the country’s textile and apparel industry have grown at an average rate of 51 per cent per year. More than 65 international textile investment projects have been licensed for foreign investors.