India to help skill development sets up textiles training centre in Nigeria

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2016-07-08 14:00:00 – Africa

India has set up an apparel training centre in Nigeria, first of its kind centre in Nigeria set up in partnership with the government of Nidgeria to support skill development in the textiles sector of the West African nation, said the Indian Commerce Ministry.

The centre is established in the city of Kaduna under the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme for Africa being implemented by India's Department of Commerce, was inaugurated on June 22.

The centre is aimed to support and catalyze the initiative of Nigeria in realizing the objectives to rebuild the cotton and textile value chain and address the need for skilled workforce for domestic as well as export-oriented apparel industry in the west African region.

Currently, there are over 100 Indian companies present in Nigeria mainly in the textile, telecom, IT, hydrocarbons, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics and auto sectors.

Africa's biggest oil producer Nigeria is a major source of India's crude imports. India-Nigeria bilateral trade was valued at over $12 billion in 2015-16.

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