In 2019, with ITC assistance, the Union of the Private Sector Development of Tajikistan (UPSDT) has actively lobbied for the interests of Tajik textile and clothing sector in five inter-ministerial groups contributing in improvement of the legal framework and conditions to create a favourable business environment in Tajikistan. A series of roundtables brought officials and entrepreneurs together in three biggest cities pioneering an ice-breaking public-private dialogue and resulting in determination of key priorities for the future development of the T&C industry.
The UPSDT efforts this year ended with establishment of closer business and consulting relationships between the companies turning the yesterday’s competitiveness into today’s cooperation. Only in 2019 some 22 more textile and clothing companies joined the UPSDT and now the total number of the UPSDT members from the sector reached 34. Another challenge turned to opportunity this year is volunteered payments of the membership fees increased for up to 90% in comparison to last year. For the first time in the country’s independent history, the best companies of the sector were recognized and awarded this July. Later, in October, the Union established direct linkages between the T&C companies and the education institutions triggering discussions around creation of a knowledge hub for the sector.
Internationally, during 2018 – 2019, the UPSDT signed seven MOUs on cooperation with the T&C associations from Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.
Mr. Fayzali Rajabov, Chair of the UPSDT, expresses his gratitude to ITC for constant technical and financial support provided to the Union in organization of all above-mentioned achievements: “We wouldn’t be able to be so active both in the local and international arenas addressing the challenges and attempting to stable our positions in foreign markets without ITC assistance. We witness that this assistance results not only in improvement of the potential of our companies, but also in creation of more jobs and increase of wages, especially for women and especially in remote and rural areas”.