International Trade Centre, Tajikistan

Маркази тиҷорати байнулмилалӣ, лоиҳаҳо дар Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон

Trade Promotion Programme in Tajikistan






Project contributing to the development of the textile and clothing industry and improving the quality management infrastructure in Tajikistan

Project Donor – SECO

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the Swiss competence centre for all core issues relating to economic policy. SECO implements economic development cooperation with developing and transition countries with the aim to support the sustainable integration of these countries into the world economy and to promote their economy to help reduce poverty. SECO is part of the Swiss Federal Department for Economic Affairs. Further information can be found at:

Implementing Agency – ITC

The Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN). ITC’s goal is to help developing and transition countries achieve sustainable human development through exports. Information on ITC’s core areas of expertise and its approach to trade-related technical cooperation is available on ITC’s website:


ITC’s Trade Promotion Project is designed to strengthen the sustainable expansion and diversification of SME exports from Tajikistan. It aims to develop the national capacity for trade development by focusing on business service providers while also addressing institutional issues.

ITC’s previous experience in Tajikistan

So far, ITC has implemented a number of trade-related assistance projects in Tajikistan, such as ‘Trade Promotion in Central Asia’ (2002-2003); and the first and second phases of the project ‘Trade Promotion in Tajikistan’ (2004-2006, and 2006-2008). The project focused on the fruit and vegetable processing sector and was appreciated as a practical and successful project in a sector with substantial problems.

Both the national stakeholders and the donor recognized that a considerable leap in export development has been achieved through the previous projects. The quality infrastructure received significant development impetus, participating enterprises obtained practical assistance, and the capabilities of business support providers were increased substantially.

New targets to reach

The current project has two main components: 1) Sector development, with a focus on textile and clothing (’T&C’), including handcrafted clothing accessories, as a key sector for Tajikistan’s economy; and 2) Improvement of quality management infrastructure.

The first project component is based on a sectoral approach and addresses gaps in sector strategy, trade information, enterprise skills and capacities, and trade support services. The second component has a cross-sector approach and continues to improve the quality management infrastructure of the country.

The project has been designed in close consultation with the country’s decision-makers and private sector, and SECO. It is fully aligned with Tajikistan’s National Development Strategy (2006-2015) and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and provides opportunities for dovetailing with development projects financed by other donors.

Project objectives:

Immediate Objective 1: To support T&C stakeholders in taking a strategic approach to the sector’s development.

Under this objective, the project will support national efforts to formulate an export strategy for T&C, thus ensuring a strategic approach to the sector’s development.

Immediate Objective 2: To enable enterprises, government, and sector-related institutions to better understand the opportunities, challenges, and world market requirements for T&C.

The project will enhance the enterprises’ and service providers’ knowledge and understanding of international markets, as a key step towards decision-making on individual business and sector export strategies.

Immediate Objective 3: To improve the capacity of T&C enterprises and sector-related service providers in product development and marketing.

This objective will ensure that the knowledge obtained in the preceding component is applied in practice. The enterprises, in cooperation with the service providers, will be assisted in penetrating the markets previously identified.

Immediate Objective 4: To improve the capacity of SQAM, SPS and TBT bodies and the regulatory infrastructure.

The project will complement ITC’s earlier assistance in further improving the quality of management infrastructure in the country: s, e.g. laboratory accreditation, and establishment of a National Notification Authority and National Inquiry Points for TBT and SPS.

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