Mr. Fayzalli Rajabov, Chairman of Board of the Union of Private Sector Development of Tajikistan (UPSD), has kindly agreed to briefly tell our readers about the T&C sector of Tajikistan and current activities of the organization he leads.
What is the importance of the T&C sector for Tajikistan economy?
The sector is a high priority for the country’s economy. Its development will result in increased contribution of the sector to GDP, export diversification, creation of new job opportunities, especially for women, and thus creation of additional sources of revenues. Development of the local T&C industry can decrease import of ready garments, and contribute to the achievement of one of the new strategic goals of the government – industrialization.
What are the UPSD plans to contribute to the development of the sector and how implementation of your plans will help Tajikistan T&C sector to be competitive in internal and regional markets?
In 2018 we have established a separate department on light industry under the UPSD, and so far it has brought 31 T&C companies together under one umbrella. Last year we conducted a series of roundtables “Discussion of the issues related to development of the T&C sector of Tajikistan” in different regions of Tajikistan. The main objectives of the roundtables were discussing with the T&C stakeholders from both public and private sectors the current challenges of the T&C industry in Tajikistan, as well as determining the key priorities for its development. I think it is important to conduct such events to improve the dialogue and collaboration between different sector players (relevant ministries and agencies, local authorities, T&C companies, etc.).
We actively cooperate with the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, MEDT and the State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan. Using this opportunity, I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of the UPSD members to these state agencies for the fruitful cooperation aimed to develop entrepreneurship and the light industry in the country. With the SECO-ITC support, the UPSD helps SMEs to exhibit the Tajikistan made T&C products at international trade fairs and organizes different study tours. This is an invaluable opportunity to get hands-on experience and increase our organizational capacities.