The Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF) in association with the North India Textile Research Association (NITRA) has bagged a project for setting up an institute of fashion at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The project worth $24 million will be completed in two phases by July 2007. PAF and NITRA will send a team of 32 professionals which will take care of the various aspects of the project.
“The Ethiopian government has already started shortlisting people for faculty and management positions. We will send our first team by August and they will primarily recruit people according to the needs of the proposed institute. Successive teams will be sent as and when required,” said Ashok Sanghi, director, PAF.
In the first phase, PAF and NITRA will collaborate with the Ethiopian government in training operators and various supervisers.
Sanghi said the Ethiopian government had recognised the textile industry as the sector where it could make widespread gains.
The second phase of the project will market Ethiopia as a sourcing destination for apparel and textiles and provide consultancy services for the industry.