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An overview of textile and apparel business advances in Ethiopia

Karan Khurana (EiTEX, Bahir Dar University, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 11 June 2018

Issue publication date: 22 October 2018




One of the oldest civilizations of Africa, Ethiopia is today at the advent of industrialization in various business sectors. Agriculture being a primary source of income (50 per cent of the GDP) is now transforming into more dynamic and new sectors. Textile and apparel is one of the sectors that has received a lot of attention from the government and the objective is to become sourcing destinations of the world. The purpose of the paper is to provide an overview of the current advances to the stakeholders, academia and industry from concept to the consumer. The aim of the paper is to present a transition of advances made in textile and apparel business that the country has made in the past decade and also to examine the potential of the consumer for this country. The consumer in the country is young and brings a lot of novel opportunities for textile and apparel industry.


This analysis is an empirical journey of the author’s research in academia and textile and apparel industry in Ethiopia.


This paper establishes a connection between the stakeholders, academia, industry and beneficiaries of this business so that it could become a guideline for future business investors. It also highlights the problems within this sector and provides a clear idea for domestic companies to compete with global competitors in terms of upcoming future business trends.


Presently, in the atmosphere of fashion and textiles, there is air about Ethiopia being the next manufacturing hub of the world in Africa. However, no academic literature is available which summarizes the opportunities and tasks in this industry, and this paper caters to the need of the hour.



Conflict of interest: On behalf of all the authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


Khurana, K. (2018), "An overview of textile and apparel business advances in Ethiopia", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 212-223.



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