The production of apparel goods and fabrics in the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan has increased by 1.5 times (50 percent), over the past five years, owing to the fast paced development of the garment sector in the country.
According to the data provided by the Kyrgyz Government to the World Trade Organization, in 2012, the light industry's (textile and clothing industries) share accounted for 6.9 percent in the total industrial output of the country.
In 2012, the light industry of the country produced goods worth 9.2 billion soms, indicating an increase of 112.5 percent year-on-year, of which the garment sector produced goods worth 8 billion soms, showing a rise of 117 percent year-on-year.
Since 2006, the Kyrgyz garment sector has developed at a fast pace and the sector’s total production was estimated to be around US$ 200 million last year.
Around 80-90 percent of clothing produced in Kyrgyzstan is exported, mostly to Russia and Kazakhstan. Last year, Kyrgyzstan overtook Turkey and Italy to become the third-largest apparel supplier to Russia, next only to China and Belarus.