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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Commerce durable
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.

Effets à moyen terme

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.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

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

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Centre du Commerce International

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    9’800’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    9’800’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Phase en cours)