By Justin Mahlahla and Sifiso Sibanda
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is touring Archer Clothing Company in Bulawayo,
The clothing manufacturer makes work suits, lab coats, school uniforms and personal protective clothing, among other varieties.
Manufacturing up to two million garments a year, Archer exports about 60% of its products to regional and European markets.
: Paramount Garments factory which was formerly Archer Clothing was President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first port of call this Saturday morning as he took time to assess production levels at strategic firms based inBulawayo.
Having continued to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown period, Paramount Garments is currently exporting 60 percent of its products, much to the delight of the government.
“The operations in this company are impressive given that this company never closed due to COVID-19 and they are exporting 60 percent of their products bringing in forex into the country and above that they employ over 2000 people that is the Bulawayo and Harare factories so they have an impact in our economy and we as government we are happy with that.” He said.
The President added that given the high levels of cotton production in the country, the clothing sector is set for even greater expansion in line with his vision of an upper middle income economy by 2030.
Government has in the past few agricultural seasons sought to revive the cotton industry through implementing the Presidential Inputs scheme being administered by Cottco.
Arche r has two plants – one in Harare and another in Bulawayo, with women and youths constituting the majority of the workers.