The Uganda government has identified cotton, textiles and apparel sectors to tap into its high potential for value addition, foreign investment and job creation.

Kampala is now working on a new strategy to revamp the sector to benefit from the booming global market.

The cotton, textiles and apparel sector ranks high under the third edition of the National Development Plan to be launched later this year.

The Development Plan—a comprehensive sector development strategy for the cotton value chain—will be developed under the National Planning Authority (NPA).

The NPA is working with Msingi East Africa as the lead in the project, which in turn has contracted consultancy firm Bradan Consulting Services to formulate the new strategy.

In a presentation at a recent stakeholders’ meeting, Msingi East Africa said the global apparel manufacturing market was worth $785.9 billion in 2018.