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By supporting the Global Textiles and Clothing Programme (GTEX), Switzerland strengthens the export capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the textile and clothing industries in Tunisia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Egypt and Morocco.
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For many developing countries, the textile and clothing industries are the key to creating more jobs and income.
The GTEX programme supports its partner companies in establishing good working conditions and complying with both social and environmental standards.
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"I moved from Issyk-Kul to Bishkek because I couldn't find a job at home. I like my work here at Barkhat, a company supported by GTEX. I have a good salary and even my family was able to come and join me here."  

Sewer from Kyrgyzstan
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"Thanks to the GTEX programme, the productivity of our company and the quality of our products have improved. In fact, we exported 80% more goods to Europe in 2018 than in 2015."

Fariza Sheisheyva
Entrepreneur from Kyrgyzstan  

Sheisheyva co-owns the Kyrgyz art group SAMA, which mainly employs people with disabilities and offers them vocational training. GTEX provides product development and marketing training courses for SAMA.
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Thanks to the support of GTEX, four handicraft companies took part in the 2018 world's leading trade fair for consumer goods AMBIENTE in Frankfurt. Six Kyrgyz producers were able to showcase their new collections. The companies were able to make 93 new business contacts and have already received 12 orders for their products.

PDF: Factsheet GTEX

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