The President of the Botswana Textiles & Clothing Association addresses the Forum. USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub led a discussion on market opportunities at Botswana’s Textiles & Clothing Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum held on August 4, 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana. 

The workshop was organized by the Botswana Department of Industrial Affairs (DIA) and the Botswana Textiles & Clothing Association (BTCA) and designed to discuss the country’s textiles and clothing strategy. The Trade Hub’s presentation focused on the market opportunities in cut-make-trim (CMT) operations in Botswana since the major clothing retail chains have been scaling down imports from Asia and increasing regional procurement.

Textiles and clothing is also one of the sectors for which the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has requested support from the Trade Hub in certification and testing. During the Forum, BOBS highlighted existing national standards for textiles and clothing in Botswana and emphasized the importance of the participation of both the public and private sector in the standards development process. 

Photo: The President of the Botswana Textiles & Clothing Association addresses the Forum.

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