Weaving growth into the economy


The Clothing & Textiles Competitiveness Programme (CTCP) has been updated, revised and renamed as the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear & Leather Growth Programme (CTFLGP). Therefore, the reported impact and historical performance on this website relates to the CTCP.

The new Programme aims to ensure better support for the Clothing Textile Footwear Leather (CTFL) sectors through five policy levers of The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic):

  • Clothing Textile Footwear Leather Growth Programme (CTFLGP) to boost customised financing and value chain competitiveness;
  • Designation of Clothing Textile Footwear Leather under Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act Regulation for 100% local contents;
  • Retail – Clothing Textile Footwear Leather (R-CTFL) Masterplan 2030;
  • Developing and implementing policies for improved growth, competitiveness, new decent jobs and sustainability of the Clothing Textile Footwear Leather industries; and
  • Enabling innovation and technology demonstration, value chain strategies as well as the development of relevant skills for the sectors through the various clusters.

The foundation of the CTFLGP came from the dtic’s implementation of the Re-imagining Industrial Strategy (RIS) mandated by manifesto of the 6th administration with ten strategic interventions for CTFL sectors focused on scaling up jobs and growth including implementation value chain integrated R-CTFL “Masterplan” and new policy imperatives to revitalize CTFL sectors such as curbing illicit trade, explore possible trade remedies, greening industry, enhancing exports and accessing regional markets opportunities under Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The CTFLGP is aimed at structurally changing the Clothing, Textiles, Footwear, Leather & Leather Goods manufacturing industries by providing funding assistance for these sectors to invest in competitiveness improvement and growth interventions.

The new Clothing, Textiles, Footwear & Leather Growth Programme (CTFLGP) is being initiated with the introduction of the Working Capital Interest Subsidy (WCIS) in October 2020.

Further CTFLGP initiatives following through CTFL stakeholder consultation are expected to be launched once the new guidelines are approved – the website will be updated as soon as updates are available.


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