Rwanda has signed partnership deal with a Chinese garment firm, China’s Pink Mango C&D, to set up a modern garment factory in the Kigali Special Economic zone to produce garments for both the domestic and export markets. Pink Mango C&D is expected generate cumulative export earnings of $20million over the next five years and provide 7,500 jobs to Rwandans by the fifth year. Furthermore, the company will build capacity and skills transfer to 500 workers of local garment cooperatives who will also benefit from some of their supply contracts through an outsourcing model.
Pink Mango C&D establishment will support the construction of a garment industry ecosystem attracting other players in dyeing, knitting and weaving as well as accessories suppliers to open up shop in Rwanda hence it is indeed an exciting addition to this growing industry. The firm's decision was attracted by Rwanda's conducive business environment, and its investor facilitation. The government of Rwanda provides tax incentives, affordable utility services, and land accessibility, among others.
China’s C&H Garments was the first player to invest in the Rwanda’s manufacturing. It entered the market in 2014 and currently produces police and military uniforms, immigration department and schools. The firm also employs more than 1,000 people, arguably one of the largest private sector employers in the country.