Partnership with the International Garment Federation to boost the exports of garment manufacturers

In addition, the cooperation will help these institutions to understand the governance structure of the global apparel value chain and the industrial relationships between brands and retailers and supplier apparel manufacturers.

The IAF will advise garment manufacturers on rules of origin requirements, meet new market buyers’ requirements, reduce the environmental footprint of garment manufacturing, and empower women’s work throughout the process. Supply Chain. ITC and IAF will co-create trainings in this regard.

Digitization will also play a key role in this agreement. Amid the pandemic, digitization has become a crucial topic for the textile and clothing industry: brands, retailers and large suppliers are expected to modernize their production and adapt to the latest trends.

Therefore, ITC is planning several activities to address digitization for GTEX / MENATEX partners and how to engage in a more collaborative relationship with brands and retailers using digital technologies.

Matthias Knappe, Head of the Fibers, Textiles and Clothing Unit at the International Trade Center, says: “The clothing industry is an ever-changing industry that requires companies to closely follow global trends and requirements to be internationally competitive and continuously exporting. ITC wishes to ensure that its partners and beneficiary companies in developing countries have the best support to meet the environmental and human rights demands of global buyers.

Matthijs Crietee, Secretary General of the International Clothing Federation, confirms the importance of this partnership: “ITC, through its GTEX and MENATEX programs, shares with IAF a strong focus on industry associations Apparel, recognizing that with the support of these organizations, many companies can be supported by continuously improving their competitiveness. The IAF looks forward to the opportunity to see its knowledge and network join forces with the knowledge and network of ITC to provide optimal support to the industry associations and their member companies involved. ”

This initiative is implemented under the Global Textiles and Clothing Program of the International Trade Center (GTEX) in North Africa, the Middle East (MENATEX), Central Asia and Madagascar.


The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated changes in the textiles and clothing industry – more than ever, companies need to demonstrate a rigorous level of corporate responsibility and commitment. Due diligence regulations related to environmental, social and human rights in the United States and the European Union, for example, urge companies to have a high degree of verification throughout the supply chain in order to be able to export to these markets.

About the GTEX / MENATEX program

theGTEX MENATEX programis funded by theState Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Swiss Confederationand theSwedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), focusing on six priority countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Tunisia). The program aims to encourage textiles and clothing exports from developing countries to promote employment and income generation along the value chain.

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