Textiles

Much of Tanzania’s textile industry was developed in the 1970s as part of a state drive to industrialise the country. Of the 30 textile mills in existence about 80% were state-owned (in the 1980s these mills consumed about 1/3 of Tanzania produced lint). However after the privatisation programme of the late 1990s many of these mills closed altogether.

Because of Tanzania’s categorisation as a Least Developed Country (LDC) – its cotton, textile and apparel products enjoy unparalleled access to almost all of the world’s most important markets. Textile and apparel firms located in Tanzania have duty and quota free access to over one billion consumers – many of whom are located in the world’s richest markets. In this regard its textiles and apparel:

The Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) supports the government of Tanzania’s policy that aims to transform greater proportions of Tanzania grown cotton into higher value added textile and apparel products in the country.
To this end, in 2009, the TCB established a Textile Sector Development Unit (TSDU).   This unit is part of the TCB and is situated in their Head Office in Dar es Salaam.
 

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