Working closely with the outgoing Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles Gail Strickler, USAID and the Southern Africa Trade Hub recently facilitated the participation of the Hon. Joshua Setipa, Trade Minister of Lesotho, on a panel at the “Sourcing Journal Forum” in New York City. The African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) was a particular topic of focus at the forum.
Several African countries such as Lesotho are emerging as noteworthy sources of apparel for the US market. In his comments, Minister Setipa highlighted Lesotho’s potential: 11 woven and 28 knit garment factories employ approximately 26,000 workers. There are no knit fabric producers in Lesotho at present, but Minister Setipa said the country is in talks with two firms to set up production.
Photo: Lesotho’s Minister of Trade Joshua Setipa addressing the audience at the Sourcing Journal Forum in New York City