The International Trade Centre and the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan initiated meetings with Tajik textile and clothing stakeholders (T&C companies, relevant ministries, local consulting companies and universities) to share the results of the External Evaluation of the Trade Promotion Programme, Phase III (2009-2012) conducted by the independent external auditors and discuss the vision of the new phase, its main components and activities, etc.
ITC’s Trade Promotion Project is designed to strengthen the sustainable expansion and diversification of small and medium enterprises’ exports from Tajikistan. It aims to develop the national capacity for trade development by focusing on business service providers while also addressing institutional issues.
Two meetings were conducted consequently in Dushanbe on April 04 and in Khujand on April 05, 2013. Mr. Saidmumin Kamolov, ITC national project manager, sharing the results of the external evaluation of the project with meetings’ participants, said that while working in Tajikistan since 2001 and particularly in the sector of textile since 2009, ITC project is appreciated as a practical and successful project in a sector with substantial problems. He said: “All stakeholders recognized that a considerable leap in export development has been achieved through the project activities. Tajik companies were assisted to strengthen their presence in the local and foreign markets, to enter new international markets, as well as to improve their services and the quality of their products. In average, the pilot companies have increased their export for 366.6% since the beginning of the project. Participating enterprises obtained practical assistance, and the capabilities of business support providers were increased substantially”.
Ms. Malika Ibrohimova, SECO National Program Officer for Economic Affairs gladdened the high level representatives of Tajik companies with the decision on extending the project with continued focus on textile and clothing, including handcrafted clothing accessories. She said the new phase will be designed until 2016 and in close consultations with all stakeholders, including the relevant ministries and private sector representatives. The national related strategic documents will be taken into consideration, while designing the new project. She said: “Some recommendations were made by the external evaluators to increase the effectiveness of the project and its sustainability while developing exit strategy. Among them is focusing on exact number of the committed companies with further guiding them to the experience sharing with other companies. They also recommended us to rely on Kyrgyzstan experience in strengthening our T&C sector potential. New audiovisual learning tools, and short term study programmes should be developed and used for the sector top management. At the same time, the project will focus on training the local trainers and supporting the universities in developing the learning services for the sector”.
The next phase components and activities were briefed to the meeting participants. The challenges with access to the finances with further possible assistance to the companies in getting the access to the finances also were discussed in the meetings.
The representatives of the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) – Ms. Tahmina Nurova and Mr. Firdaws Sadykov, also presented their project on Corporative Governance in Tajikistan.