As per ZimTrade, Zimbabwe’s clothing and textile exports declined 58 per cent decline to $17 million between January and August this year.
Its clothing and textile exports had increased by $42 million during the same period last year. The country’s total exports increased to $2,56 billion between January and August 2020.
The largest decline was noted in the clothing and textile sector, whose exports declined to $17 million.
To increase sector competitiveness, ZimTrade recommends a coordinated approach to address the challenges faced by players in the sector. It advises the government to make production enablers such as water, energy and transport not only available but also affordable.
ZimTrade is also developing export clusters in Matabeleland North and Mashonaland West to increase capacities among local sculptors. It has urged Zimbabwe’s diaspora community for support to create market linkages that would go a long way in boost exports from the sector.