Coimbatore-based integrated textile manufacturing company KPR Mill Ltd recently inaugurated its first overseas garment unit in Ethiopia’s Mekelle Industrial Park. The factory will have an annual capacity of 10 mn items. Seven hundred people have been employed at the unit and export shipments have commenced to Europe and the United States. The opening of the factory is the result of a collaborative partnership with Geneva-based International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa programme (SITA), which works to build trade and investment linkages between India and East Africa. ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations (UN).