Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region aims to create 200,000 jobs in the textile sector for low-income residents over the next five years, the regional economic and information technology commission said. The region created 130,000 jobs in the textile industry over the past five years. Twenty-two enterprises have recently opened in Aksu Textile Park in southern Xinjiang, producing 10 million meters of cotton cloth with 800,000 spindles every year. Ninety-five percent of the 1,500 workforce for one of the 22 businesses in the park identify as ethnic minorities…Full Article: ECNS.cn Jan 2016

Key Point

  • In June 2015, China’s State Council issued measures to promote Xinjiang’s textile and garment industry in order to boost local employment and exports.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014, Xinjiang Region accounted for 60% or 3.6 million MTs of China’s total cotton output.
  • In September 2014, the Chinese government stated it plans to raise the number of those employed in Xinjiang’s cotton industry from 200,000 to 1 million by 2020.
  • In July 2014, Xinjiang announced plans to spend approximately CNY 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) on boosting the textile industry in the southwestern Xinjiang city of Aksu (near Kyrgyzstan).

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