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Ethiopia is the New Frontier in Garment Manufacturing, but Ethnic Conflict Stands to Hinder its Growth

Published On: January 28, 2021

Ethiopia has long been regarded as one of Africa’s economic powerhouses. Until recently, it had considerable political stability in compared to other African countries. With an annual GDP growth rate of 10% over the last decade and a government that implemented pro-foreign-investment laws, the country was able to attract South and East Asian apparel manufacturers, who sell to multinational names such as Calvin Klein, Levi’s, and H&M. However, ethnic power struggles in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray area have spurred violent conflict, threatening the country’s stability and affecting the clothing sector.