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Blantyre, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Installation of modern garment making equipment worth Euro 92 000 is underway at the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA). The equipment will enable the group to produce fine quality products earmarked for export to international markets.

Some of the target markets are America, Asia and African countries with high influx of tourists such as Mauritius.

The equipment comprising of various industrial sewing machines were presented to the beneficiaries on 28 March 2017 in Blantyre. Their installation is expected to raise the productive capacity of the targeted SMEs by over 50 percent.  The current production capacity is estimated at 46,800 pieces of garments and clothing materials per year between Blantyre and Lilongwe textiles cooperatives including MACOHA.

The provision of the equipment is part of a 1.5 million euros fund provided to the leather and textiles sectors in Malawi and implemented through the Malawi Enterprise Productivity Enhancement (MEPE) project under).

The funds are provided through the COMESA Adjustment Facility (CAF) which is funded by the European Union through the Regional Integration Support Mechanism (RISM).

COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya inspected the installation of the equipment. He said COMESA will help find market for the products that the institution shall produce after full installation is complete and the facility start operations by October 2017.