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The Market in Second-Hand Clothing: Is it Good for Africa?

September 9th, 2016

Episode 611 of 674 episodes

East African Community countries are planning to ban imports of western second-hand clothing in three years' time. The argument is that they hinder the development of local clothing manufacturers. The BBC's Sammy Awami hears from second-hand clothing sellers in Tanzania, Andrew Brooks of King's College in London explains the downside of the trade, and Sierra Leone-born Lamin Bah, president of Global Clothing Industries in Atlanta in the US, explains why African consumers would lose out under a ban of second-hand clothing. Photo: East Africa's biggest second-hand clothes market, Gikomba, in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Getty.

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