ORIGIN AFRICA 2015, an exhibition dedicated to improving African cotton, textile and apparel trade, kicked off in Ethiopia.
President Mulatu Teshome opened the exhibition with a remark.
The government has attached due attention to the textile sector in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II) period since it generates foreign exchange and create more jobs, the President said in his opening remark.
Works are underway to resolve the bottlenecks and to search a reliable market for investors engaged in the sector, he said.
The exhibition will help Ethiopia promote its potential in the sector and attract more investors, he added.
Ahmed Abitew, Minister of Industry, said technical and vocational training institutions will work to address the skilled manpower problems in the sector.
Over 180 international manufactures and exporters represented from 25 countries are attending the event.