Textiles and Apparel
AGOA has had an unambiguously positive impact on Kenya’s textile and apparel sector.
The sector grew at 44% a year soon after AGOA’s passage through a mix of much
expanded growth in existing product lines as well as the launch of new products
in which Kenya was not previously active.
blossoming of new products has led to a diversification of the Kenyan
textile and apparel sector into business opportunities that had not been tapped
before AGOA’s passage, such as knitted clothes as well as t-shirts and babies
as AGOA specifically sought to encourage Africa’s movement in the textile and
apparel export market, Kenya’s response can be seen as a huge success.
overwhelming focus and advantage for AGOA to exporting countries has been – and
was intended to be – in textiles and apparel. However,
Kenya has also seen growth in exports to the US in other non-textile and
apparel sectors. Though the results are less dramatic, and it is not certain to
what degree the growth is AGOA-fueled or part of the general trend of
Kenya’s growing exports.
which formed the base of pre-AGOA exports, has continued to do well, while tea
has actually declined. The fastest growth has been in nuts and cut flowers,
which averaged over 50% a year since AGOA’s launch.
and apparel exports also weathered the storm of the US recession reasonably