The Textile Development Unit (TDU) is a specialist, independently-funded programme within the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

We partner with the Government of Tanzania, industry and supporting stakeholders to advance the growth and transformation of Tanzania’s textile and apparel industry

Our vision


To make Tanzania a leading producer of apparel for high-value global markets generating over 200,000 decent jobs and at least $1bn annual export revenues within 10 year, as a result of a pro-active government drive to attract responsible international investment in apparel manufacturing and the gradual integration of diversified domestic textile production.


Tanzanian policy framework for industrialisation of apparel

Tanzanian policy framework for industrialisation of apparel

 

Our priorities

  • Stimulating Investment – by supporting the positioning and promotion of Tanzania as a prime destination for inward and domestic investment into the textile and apparel sector.
  • Fostering Growth – by providing the Government of Tanzania and other institutions with evidence-based sectoral intelligence, helping set priorities and foster an enabling policy and business environment. 
  • Supporting Industries – by assisting local industries to improve sector-wide capacity, capability and performance. 

You can learn more about our approach to implementation here.

Our way

A Source of Expert Advice
We are sectoral specialists, providing an objective and trusted source of intelligence and expert advice.

A Long Term Holistic View
We bring a holistic market systems view of sectoral development, working to identify and overcome critical constraints and structural challengesfor sustainable growth.

Delivering Best Practice
We are accountable and outcome driven, we operate under international best practice standards.

Sharing success
We act as an honest broker, always in the best interests of the sector. The success of partners and stakeholders is our success.

Our achievements to date

Stakeholder Community
Stakeholder Community
We have built strategically-aligned partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders.
Special Economic Zone
Special Economic Zone
We facilitated agency-wide commitment to development of Tanzania’s first dedicated Special Economic Zone for textile and apparel manufacturing.
Sectoral Strategy
Sectoral Strategy
We supported the development of the National Cotton-to-Clothing Sectoral Strategy, continue to support its Secretariat, and provide sectoral policy advice and analysis to the Ministry.
Industry Representation
Industry Representation
We supported the establishment of the Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association of Tanzania (TEGAMAT).
Trade & Investment Promotion
Trade & Investment Promotion
We have enabled the participation of designated agencies in key international trade and investment promotion events and conferences.

The TDU programme is aligned with a national strategic and policy framework for the industrialisation of the Textile and Apparel sector in Tanzania. Tanzania’s ambition to be a middle-income status country by 2025 is outlined in Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025. This vision addresses desired outcomes such as economic performance, social inclusion, poverty alleviation alongside governance and global competitiveness.  Delivery of this vision is roadmapped across three five year plans, of which we are currently in the second,  5-year National Industrialisation Plan (2016/2017 – 2021/2022). Within this plan, Cotton and Textiles are given priority status for development  and a national sectoral strategy Cotton to Clothing Sectoral Development Strategy (2016/2020).