The Civil Society on Friday urged government to devote better support the textile and leather industries in the country.
Faith Lumonya, the program officer SEATINI Uganda, expressed dismay, while addressing press, that government has overly ignored the two fields and their potential to fight youth unemployment.
“The government should support people in the textile and leather industry both financially and in terms of policy,” she said.
Lumonya asked government to phase out the importation of second hand clothes to support the local industries.
“Second hand clothes are everywhere in Kampala and all over the country its high time people are stopped from buying or importing them and we embrace our Ugandan made products from pure cotton,” she said.
The East African community heads of state on 20th February 2015 directed the council of ministers to study modalities for the promotion of the textile and leather industries in the region, and stopping the importation of used cloths, used shoes and other used leather products from outside the region.
However the decision has been challenged by Secondary Materials and recycled textiles (SMART), a leading exporter of second hand clothing in the USA.
SMART asserts that the EAC’s decision is imposing significant economic hardships on the U.S used clothing industry and that it’s a violation of the AGOA eligibility criteria which requires AGOA beneficiaries to make continual progress toward establishing a market based economy.