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Tajikistan: Improving the international competitiveness of the textile and clothing sector (GTEX)

  • Objective | Sector Context | Beneficiaries | Contact information


    The Tajikistan project is developed within the framework of the GTEX programme and is fully aligned to the programme’s approach and strategy. The project will assist Tajik TISIs to improve and sustain their operational and managerial capacities further to offer a wider range of quality services to SMEs in the T&C sector. Support will be provided to TISIs through training and advisory services in sector-specific business areas where relatively stable demand from SMEs is already observed, as well as in the areas where demand from SMEs is foreseen in the near future.

    Building upon the achievements of previous ITC interventions in the T&C sector in Tajikistan the project will continue to support selected SMEs by connecting them to markets and value chains. This assistance will be provided jointly with local TISIs enabling them to gradually take over the provision of this service.

    The project will assist in implementation of trade facilitation reforms with a specific focus on the T&C industry to ensure that T&C businesses fully benefit from an improved cross-border environment. It will support the TTFC and the TTFC Secretariat to issue recommendations for the simplification and standardization of textile related import, export and transit formalities.

    The choice of the sector is driven by the fact that it has a high potential for growth and making a significant contribution to the country’s export diversification. The T&C sector also has significant opportunities in terms of employment generation, particularly for women.

    The project started in January 2018, and builds up on results of the previous projects implemented by the ITC in Tajikistan.

    Sector Context

    The Government of Tajikistan has identified the Textile and Clothing (T&C) sector as a priority. The T&C sector (excluding cotton exports) accounts for almost 3% of Tajikistan’s total exports (2015) and up to 20% when cotton fibre is included. It is the second largest exporting industry in the country. The government has set progressive goals for the development of the country’s T&C sector on the basis of the Light Industry Development Programme (2006-2015) and the Cotton Fibre Processing Programme (2007-2015). The T&C sector is also considered as one of the key sectors for export diversification and import substitution in the State Program on Export Promotion and Import Substitution for the period of 2016–2020 adopted by the Government of Tajikistan in November 2016.

    The sector currently officially employs more than 15,000 people with many more informal workers and is comprised of 21 spinning mills, six vertically integrated textile companies, five socks and knitting units, about 45 garment enterprises, and more than 150 micro- or small sewing workshops.

    The T&C-related trade support institutions remain underdeveloped and still weak on both the supply and demand sides. The existing trade investment support institutions (TISI) in Tajikistan are small and have limited capacities to provide the services necessary for SMEs to increase their international competitiveness.


    Direct beneficiaries are selected small and medium enterprises producing textile and clothing products and exporting them or having capacity for export. These companies 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. It includes local professional associations, consulting companies, and academia.

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

    Contact information

    Saidmumin KAMOLOV - National Programme Manager
    International Trade Centre, Tajikistan
    15/1 Rudaky prospect, apt 4
    Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    Tel: (+992 37) 221 98 70
    Tel/Fax: (+992 37) 223 20 57
    Webpage: www.itctj.org
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itc.tajikistan/  

    Armen Zargaryan - GTEX Tajikistan Project Manager
    International Trade Centre, Geneva
    54-56 rue de Montbrillant, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: (+41) 22 730 0431

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