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Global Textiles and Clothing Programme (GTEX)

  • Programme Overview | Sector Context | Beneficiaries | Contact information

    Programme Overview

    The Global Textiles and Clothing (GTEX) programme is to increase export competitiveness in the T&C sector in five selected countries. These are Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia in North Africa and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia. Four of them are priority countries for SECO, Morocco being a complementary country. More competitive enterprises in this key manufacturing sector contribute to achieving targets linked to the 2030 Agenda, particularly related to SDG 8 “promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment”, SDG 12 concerning “responsible consumption and production”, SDG 9 “industry, innovation & infrastructure” and SDG 5 “gender equality”.

    The envisaged impact of the programme is to increase employment and income along the T&C value chain in the five selected priority countries. To achieve this long-term objective, the programme foresees to accomplish two major outcomes until the end of the programme. One is related to the institutional infrastructure around the sector in the priority countries, including policy aspects, where required and is formulated as “Improved business environment and TISI performance in the T&C sector”. The second outcome targets the enterprise level as is formulated as “Improved competitiveness of SMEs in the T&C sector”.

    All five-country projects follow the same logical framework with two outcomes and four outputs per outcome. The emphasis on specific outcomes and outputs vary according to country needs and priorities.

    Sector Context

    Textiles and clothing (T&C) is a key sector for many developing countries in terms of employment, income generation as well as foreign exchange earnings. Being one of the most dynamic product sectors in global trade, the value of total trade in T&C amounted to USD 736 billion in 2015 (USD 445 billion accounted for clothing). Overall, T&C trade accounted for 6.53% of global manufactured exports.

    However, the competitive landscape for the sector has been changing for several years. The termination of the Multi-Fibre Agreement for WTO members in 2005 (and thus the textile quota phase-out) and the global financial and economic crisis in 2008/9 already had negative effects on T&C sector in some developing countries.


    GTEX ultimate beneficiaries are employees and managers of SMEs that will benefit from job security and possible increased earnings through an increased competitiveness of their companies and the sector as a whole.

    The intermediate beneficiaries are trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) in the T&C sector that benefit from improved management and operations, as well as an enhanced service offering to their enterprise members.

    An inclusive approach will address sustainability issues such as gender, youth and the environment.

    Contact information

    Matthias Knappe – GTEX Programme Manager
    International Trade Centre, Geneva
    54-56 rue de Montbrillant, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: (+41) 22 730 0321

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