SECTORIAL DEINDUSTRIALISATION OF ZIMBABWE’S TEXTILES AND CLOTHING SECTORS:ARE CHINESE IMPORTS TO BLAME?

Nathan Mugumisi

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ABSTRACT

In most emerging economies the establishment of the textiles and clothing sectors is the first bold step towards industrialisation. The sectors employs the highest number of women, accommodates the highest number of low skilled labour. Zimbabwe in recent years have suffered significant de-industrialisation of its textile and clothing sectors. Because of their labour intensive nature the de-industrialisation of the textiles and clothing sectors in Zimbabwe was a major setback to woman and low skilled labourers There are widely held sentiments that clothing and textile imports from China are the key driver of de-industriualisation of Zimbabwe’s textiles and clothing sectors. This paper analyses the factors behind the deindustrialization of Zimbabwe’s clothing and textile sectors. The role of Chinese imports, macroeconomic instability, poor investment climate and other structural rigidities were considered.


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