Swiss-Egypt partnership to boost
textile, clothing exports
Egypt’s ministry of trade and industry and
Switzerland recently announced scaling up collaboration to
strengthen the competitiveness of Egyptian textiles and clothing
producers. The aim is to boost exports, create jobs and raise
incomes. The new initiative forms part of the three-year Global
Textiles and Clothing (GTEX) program.
The partnership for the initiative,
‘Egypt: Improving the International Competitiveness of the
Textile and Clothing Sector’, was formalized by Egypt’s minister
for trade and industry Amr Nassar and ambassador of Switzerland
to Egypt Paul Garnier in Cairo in September.
GTEX program is funded by the Swiss State
Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and is being implemented
by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the
World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.
The initiative will also be aligned with
the Textiles and Clothing Programme for Selected Middle East and
North African countries (MENATEX), which is funded by the
Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
The new project aims to support Egypt to
build a sustainable export-oriented sector with increased sales
to traditional and new markets, with a focus on creating
long-term and sustainable employment, particularly for women and
ITC will implement the project in close
partnership with the Egyptian Textiles, Apparel & Home Textiles
(TA&HT) Export Council.
The project is aligned with several of the
UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal 5 of
achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and
Goal 9 of building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive
and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation.