Tanzania’s new programme to train tailors is in anticipation of plans to implement a regional ban on the importation of second-hand clothes and footwear by 2019.
The training is in accordance with the government’s industralisation plan, and the East African Community’s plan to boost regional trade. Early this year, the East African Community (EAC) approved a proposed regional ban to boost the manufacturing industry, and help grow the region’s economy.
Tanzanian youths will be trained and later on employed in clothes and footwear manufacturing factories which will be opened, in line with the plan.
The regional ban is aimed at boosting Tanzania’s manufacturing industry, create employment, and help grow the economy. With the training, Tanzania becomes one of the first countries in the region to start preparing for the implementation of the ban.
Reasons cited for the decision to ban the importation of used clothing include, its apparent destruction of the local textile and manufacturing industry, negative health implications of the clothing which may be unhygienic.
However, some people say it will negatively affect the poor who can only afford the cheap importing clothing. To the majority petty traders, the sale of second-hand clothing has remained a lifeline be actively involved in an economic activity.