Strengthening export competitiveness of SMEs in the textile and clothing sector and enhancing trade support institutional capacities in Tajikistan

Тақвияти рақобатпазирии содиротии корхонаҳои хурду миёнаи соҳаи нассоҷиву дӯзандагӣ ва рушди тавоноии ниҳодҳои пуштибони тиҷорат
Укрепление экспортной конкурентоспособности малых и средних предприятий текстильно-швейной отрасли и повышение потенциала институтов поддержки торговли

Strengthening export competitiveness of SMEs in the textile and clothing sector and enhancing trade support institutional capacities

The present project is component FOUR of SECO’s Trade Cooperation Program (TCP) in Tajikistan and aims to increase the export competitiveness of the textile and clothing (T&C) sector by providing sector specific support to SMEs and relevant trade support institutions (TSIs), as well as supporting respective stakeholders in taking a strategic approach to the sector’s development. It will also explore the challenges and development potential of the tourism and handicraft sectors in Tajikistan, outlining relevant trade related technical assistance priorities.

September 2013 – September 2016

Project Donor – SECO

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

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 mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable growth and development through trade and international business development. Information on ITC’s core areas of expertise and its approach to trade-related technical cooperation is available on ITC’s website: www.intracen.org

ITC in Tajikistan

The projects of the International Trade Centre in Tajikistan are designed to strengthen the sustainable expansion and diversification of SME exports from Tajikistan. They aim to develop the national capacity for trade development by focusing on small and medium export-oriented enterprises and business service providers while also addressing institutional issues.

So   far,   ITC   has   implemented   a   number   of trade-related assistance projects in Tajikistan, such as ‘Trade Promotion in Central Asia’ (2002-2003); and three phases of the project ‘Trade Promotion in Tajikistan’   (2004-2006, 2006-2008,   2009-2013). ITC originally focused on the fruit and vegetable processing sector and reaching practical successes in it, has shifted into textile and clothing (T&C) sector since 2009. Opening doors to new markets in Russia,  Turkey,  Italy,  Lithuania,  and Austria  for dozens of Tajik companies; established contacts with important international retailers such as Auchan, IKEA, and Jeans-Makers; increased exports; development of the T&C export development strategy; organization of Tajik companies’ participation at international trade fairs in Paris, Shanghai, Moscow and Istanbul – these are just a few examples of the results of the implementation of the latest phase of ITC’s project over the past 3,5 years.

New targets to reach/ The Project’s focus

This project continues ITC’s focus on increasing the export competitiveness of the T&C sector in Tajikistan by providing sector specific support to small and medium enterprises and relevant trade support institutions, as well as by supporting the respective stakeholders in taking a strategic approach to the sector’s development. ITC’s focus on Tajikistan’s T&C sector is built upon its potential to grow and to make a contribution to the country’s export diversification. The T&C sector also has significant opportunities in terms of employment generation, particularly for women.

As part of the assistance, the project will also conduct studies in order to understand the current trade finance situation in Tajikistan, to determine the potential of integrating Tajik organic-cotton producers into the T&C sector value chains, as well as to identify development opportunities and challenges for the tourism and handicraft sectors in country.

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The project aims

OUTCOME 1

The strategic and institutional framework of the T&C sector is improved 

  • Revision of the T&C sector export strategy and establishment of a formal structure for its implementation monitoring.
  • Assistance to TSIs to reinforce their expertise and expand their services in product development, supply management, sector specific marketing and quality management.
  • Conduct a comprehensive study to understand the current situation with trade finance in Tajikistan and provide recommendations on industry specific technical assistance needs.

OUTCOME 2

SMEs in the T&C sector are more export competitive and have access to new markets

  • Trainings and advisory services to enhance capacities of enterprises in the areas of product development, productivity, sector specific marketing and quality management.
  • Market linkages.
  • Feasibility study on the potential of integrating Tajik organic-cotton producers into the T&C sector value chain

OUTCOME 3

Tourism and handicraft sector stakeholders have improved knowledge and understanding of sector needs and development priorities

  • Comprehensive studies on the current situation and the potential for development of the tourism and handicraft sectors.
  • Feasibility study for establishing Destination Management Organizations (DMO) in the two most attractive tourist regions of Tajikistan (Zarafshan Valley and Pamir region).

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