RELIZANE,– Algerian Industry and Mines Minister Abdeslam Bouchouareb has laid the foundation stone for Africa’s largest textile complex at the industrial park of Sidi el Khettab in Relizane, 300 kilometres west of the capital, Algiers).

The Algerian-Turkish joint venture mega-complex will be a milestone in the textile industry, not only for Relizane but for the whole of Algeria, he said at the ceremony here Thursday. “Relizane will become an industrial centre of excellence,” he added.

Bouchouareb said that once operational, the complex would produce a variety of fabrics with 60 per cent of its production to be exported.

The project is part of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s economic programme intended to reduce imports, diversify the national economy and contribute to the training of the local workforce.

Africa’s largest textile project was launched last year as part of a 49:51 partnership between the Algerian Industrial Clothing Group and Turkey’s Taipa Group, which specializes in weaving.

The mega-complex will be constructed in two phases by a Turkish company, Astay. The first stage, from 2015 to 2018, focuses on the building of eight units of weaving and dressmaking plants and a business centre. A training school in weaving and sewing which can receive 400 trainees at a time is also planned.

The second phase, which will be implemented from 2016 to 2020 will include the building of 10 other production units for ready-to-wear clothing, accessories and synthetic fibres.

This 58 billion-dinar complex, which has a completion time-frame of 36 months will generate 25,000 jobs.


Source: Name News Network

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