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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 assists Tajik Trade and Investment Support Institutions (TISIs) to improve and sustain their operational and managerial capacities further to offer a wider range of quality services to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the Textiles and Clothing (T&C) sector. Support is 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 continues to support selected SMEs by connecting them to markets and value chains. This assistance is provided jointly with local TISIs enabling them to gradually take over the provision of this service.

    The project assists 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 supports the Tajikistan Trade Facilitation Committee (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 has started in January 2018, and builds up on results of the previous projects implemented by the ITC in Tajikistan..

    Sector Context

    The Tajikistan government has identified the Textiles and Clothing (T&C) sector as a priority. The T&C sector (excluding cotton exports) accounts for almost 5.5% of Tajikistan’s total exports (2018) and up to 21% 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 National Industry Development Strategy for the period of until 2030 adopted by the Government of Tajikistan in March 2018 and the Light Industry Development Programme for the period of until 2022 adopted by the Government of Tajikistan in March 2019. The T&C sector is 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.

    Officially, there are 6 vertically integrated companies, 12 spinning companies, 5 socks production and knitting companies, and 95 factories and sewing workshops in Tajikistan, mostly located in Sughd and Khatlon provinces, as well as in Dushanbe.

    Regarding the national consumption, the apparel market is a dynamically developing segment of the consumer market of Tajikistan. The volume of the apparel market in 2017 was 241 million USD, half consists of European clothes. From 2010 to 2017, the market volume increased from 168. 2 million USD up to 241 million USD. The largest share, accounting for 77%, of imported apparel originates in China, with Turkey following with 15,9% of official apparel imports.

    There are several factors and market movers, which promote the development of the apparel market in Tajikistan, including high population growth rate, increase of incomes and purchasing power of the population, development of the consuming culture, improving marketing skills by the producers, and etc.


    Direct beneficiaries are selected small and medium enterprises producing textile and clothing products and exporting them or having capacity for export. These companies benefit from job security and possible increased earnings through expanded competitiveness of their companies and the sector as a whole.

    The intermediate beneficiaries are Trade and Investment Support Institutions (TISIs) in the textiles and clothing 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 universities.

    An inclusive approach addresses 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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