Global program on Textil & Clothing - GTEX

GTEX addresses challenges faced by the Textile & Clothing (T&C) sector, in particular for companies to meet international market requirements. It will enhance capacities at company level, promote a conducive policy environment and strengthen trade support institutions such as business entities, consultancy firms or training centres.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Nachhaltiger Handel
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  9’800’000

T&C is a key sector for developing countries in terms of employment, income generation as well as foreign exchange earnings. Due to a strong competitive landscape, enterprises need to overcome present challenges which include T&C industry consolidation linked to vertically integrated companies, preference for market proximity, matching linkages between skills supply and the private sector needs, new production technologies and importance of preferential market access conditions.


The overall goal of the program is to foster employment and international competitiveness along the T&C value chain.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Improved business environment and strengthened performance of trade support institutions. This outcome also includes a global component, which promotes strategic linkages within existing networks, knowledge exchanges and online training.

Outcome 2: Improved competitiveness of SMEs in the T&C sector. It includes capacities development of enterprises to comply with market requirements, facilitate market linkages and create more business into diversified markets.


Erwartete Resultate:  

1.1 : Enhanced managerial & operational capacity of T&C-related TSIs

1.2 : Capacity of T&C-relevant TSIs enhanced to deliver effective support services to SMEs

1.3 : Partnerships developed between the T&C industry and academic and vocational training institutes

1.4 : Policy-maker and TSIs capacity built to design, implement and monitor sector strategies/policies

1.5 : Strategic linkages operationalized for T&C, good practices disseminated at country level

1.6 : Global T&C fora analysed and strategic linkages made

2.1 : Enhanced capacity of SMEs to improve critical functions along the value chain (eg. production, sourcing, maketing)

2.2 : Enhanced capacity of SMEs to improve social and environmental sustainability

2.3 : Business opportunities identified and market linkages facilitated at local & regional level

2.4 : Increased connections of SMEs with financing mechanisms

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

SECO has been collaborating with ITC in the T&C sector in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan since 2009 and in Tunisia since 2014. External evaluations highlighted the strong relevance and effectiveness of the support provided. In Central Asia, exporters were able to benefit from the market potentials in the neighboring countries such as Russia and Kazakhstan, companies found new suppliers in China and Turkey and were able to maintain jobs during the overall economic downturn (2008-12) compared to other sectors. Besides, a pool of qualified local experts was created. In Tunisia, an innovative approach has been developed in the first phase of the program by providing effective training to selected firms, developing new curricula with local universities and new sourcing contracts with Egypt and Spain. The strengthening of Tunisian trade support institutions associated to T&C was highlighted by the creation of an international show room and the launch of a collective marketing platform for T&C.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • International Trade Center

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    9’800’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    0 Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF    9’800’000
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Laufende Phase)