The East Africa Shift in Textile and Apparel Manufacturing: China-Africa Strategies and AGOA’s Influence

SAIS-CARI POLICY BRIEF | NO. 25 | AUGUST 2018

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Weiyi Wang

World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Jinghao Lu

Tel Aviv University

Wilmot Allen

Georgetown University; Wits University; SovereigNet - Fletcher School

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

AN EMERGING SHIFT OF THE COTTON-TEXTILE-APPAREL (CTA) value chain from China to East Africa has been influenced by China’s excess capacity, lower labor costs, duty-free incentives for exports to the US under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and its related Third-Country Fabric Provision. For East African countries, taking this opportunity to integrate the currently fragmented cotton-textile-apparel value chain could bring remarkable trade and economic growth to the region. For China, the largest textile and apparel manufacturer in the world, it is an opportunity to both transfer its excess capacity and increase investment into East Africa. Based on field research and case studies on four African and Chinese textile manufacturers in Kenya and Ethiopia, this policy brief highlights several opportunities for both East Africa and China as influenced by AGOA and makes recommendations on public-private collaboration to support this shift.

Suggested Citation

Wang, Weiyi and Lu, Jinghao and Allen, Wilmot, The East Africa Shift in Textile and Apparel Manufacturing: China-Africa Strategies and AGOA’s Influence (2018). SAIS-CARI POLICY BRIEF | NO. 25 | AUGUST 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3722756

Weiyi Wang

World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Jinghao Lu

Tel Aviv University

Ramat Aviv
Tel-Aviv, 6997801
Israel

Wilmot Allen (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Wits University ( email )

Johannesburg
South Africa

SovereigNet - Fletcher School ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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