is a project cooperation to promote and strengthen the German-Ethiopian textile business partnership. GESAMTMASCHE – the Confederation of the German Knitwear Industry, ETGAMA – the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association and the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture – MoA jointly implement the project initiatives. It is funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and supported by sequa gGmbH.
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Capacity building

Fostering ETGAMA’s position and role as a competent business and policy advisor is a priority objective of the partnership. Besides economic and legal consulting, professional technical advice is a crucial issue for member companies.

Training and technical

Offering demand-driven services like sector related consultancy, training, support and information to ETGAMA member companies is a main project focus which is of major relevance to promote businesses. This also includes the development of quality standarts for cotton.

Trade promotion and

In order to improve international competitiveness, as a pilot scheme, the project aims at establishing a sustainable, transparent and high-quality textile supply chain. On this basis, ETGAMA and its member companies are supported to initiate further projects.

Partnership for the future

Sustainability is a mission for textile businesses both in Germany and Ethiopia, fuelled by increasing consumer requirements for eco-friendly and socially responsibly made products. The shift in international demand for sustainably produced and renewable materials is a positive challenge for German and Ethiopian textile and fashion companies. Working together on transparent value chains and the fulfilment of internationally recognised standards, GESAMTMASCHE, ETGAMA and the MOA jointly strive to further business relationships and at the same time to improve the production and trade environment.


Founded in 1916, the Confederation of the German Knitting Industry – GESAMTMASCHE – is the leading national trade association representing German producers of knitted fashion, bodywear and knitted fabrics for fashion and technical applications. German knitwear brands are internationally successful and hold a prominent market share in Europe. German knits have always been more than just fashion, they incorporate social trends, technical innovation, new materials and fashion culture. Unique design, the use of superior yarns and state-of-the-art technology form the basis of their international success. About 250 companies belong to the sector, this represents 7.8 billion Euros of exports per year.

Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturers Association – ETGAMA – is the national association of the textile and garment industry in Ethiopia. Founded in 2008, ETGAMA’s mission is to create a vibrant textile and garment sector, which can play a leading role in the growth and development of the manufacturing industry, by bridging the gap through capacity building, market linkage and policy advocacy. The long-term vision is to see Ethiopia as the textile hub of Africa, a competent front-runner in the global market and committed to sustainable production.


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Handmade luxury from Ethiopia
Sabahar throw blankets: carefully elaborated pieces made by hand from Ethiopian raw materials.
Cotton expert for project management
For a cooperation project between GESAMTMASCHE, the Ethiopian association ETGAMA and the MOA, funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, we are looking for a cotton expert