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The Southern African regional clothing and textile industry: Case studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe


  • Samson Muradzikwa

    () (School of Economics, University of Cape Town)


This paper seeks to establish the consequences of a changing trade and investment environment for the clothing and textile industry in Southern Africa. The study covers Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe - the three largest producers of textiles and garments outside South Africa. The paper specifically analyses the linkages between clothing and textile firms and examines firm level responses in light of increased efforts towards regionalism, and the spread of globalisation. Furthermore, an evaluation of the SADC institutional framework is vital with respect to understanding what this framework is saying to the clothing and textile industry in Southern Africa, and what the prospects for the regional textiles and garment industries are.

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  • Samson Muradzikwa, 2001. "The Southern African regional clothing and textile industry: Case studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe," Working Papers 01058, University of Cape Town, Development Policy Research Unit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ctw:wpaper:01058

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    1. Lennart Petersson, 2003. "Production Fragmentation And Specialisation, With Special Reference To The Sadc Textile And Clothing Industry," South African Journal of Economics, Economic Society of South Africa, vol. 71(4), pages 762-791, December.

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    South Africa: producers of textiles and garments; changing trade and investment environment;

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    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics


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