The company, which has its headquarters in Kenya, has set up a Ksh5.7 billion factory in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The opening ceremony was presided by President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Tuesday, January 11.
The company, which is known as Basra Textiles, focuses on making clothes and is now focused on getting new clientele from the larger East African region.
The company chose to establish its plant in Tanzania as the country enjoys duty-free access to the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as well as in the European Union.
It will give further impetus to the Tanzanian textile industry which is widely known for producing fabrics (Kitenge and Kanga).
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ahmed Othman, noted that the plant aims at tapping into the East African market and other nations in the region.
The CEO explained that the expansion will be implemented in three phases whereby upon its completion by 2024, it will provide direct employment to a total of 1,600 people.
Other than that, it will be able to produce 250,000 metres of polyester per day and millions per month.
“It will produce 250,000 metres of polyester per day, translating into seven million metres per month,” Othman stated.
Other than just making textiles, the CEO explained that the plant will also venture into making bedding and other fancy products.
“We target to sell our products in the US, EAC, Central Africa, and Europe,” he explained.
The first phase of the plant will involve carrying out maintenance and repairing buildings as well as installing modern machines.
The second phase will involve purchasing high quality cotton and later producing fabric.
The third phase will involve the construction of a tailoring factory and the fixing of 500 tailoring machines.
“It is at that phase that production of clothes will start and the number of jobs created by the factory will rise.”