Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Garment industry gets a boost from USAID

Garment industry gets a boost from USAID

20
Sep '10
Garment and footwear companies operating in the Shkodra region attended a USAID workshop to help them increase the quality of their manufactured products. Throughout September and October, USAID is sponsoring 12 workshops with Albania's leading garment and footwear manufacturers to improve their competitiveness and export sales.

The series of workshops will equip senior managers with practical tools and methods to improve productivity. Each workshop will show how to install management and quality control systems to reach efficiency targets and reduce production costs. By applying these tools and methods, Albanian garment companies can improve the quality of their products to meet international standards, helping them to more effectively compete in European markets.

“It is a common myth, that in order to improve productivity you have to make your operators work harder,” said Mr. Haycock, an industrial engineering expert in apparel manufacturing. “In reality, 80% of the reasons for poor productivity in a company are the responsibility of management.”

Albania's garment industry accounts for an estimated 27% of the country's exports and employs more than 40,000 workers.

“USAID is working in this sector because of the potential to increase sales for the companies and create more jobs for Albanian workers,” said USAID Mission Director, Joseph C. Williams. “It is important for Albania's economy to have industries and companies that develop high standards of quality and are competitive in the domestic and foreign markets.”

In addition to participating in workshops, seven Albanian garment companies are receiving further one-on-one technical assistance to create best-practice examples of high productivity firms. In the coming months, USAID will help these companies develop professional web sites and marketing materials and receive coaching to make the best of business-to-business meetings. In August USAID supported nine production and marketing managers from Albania's four leading garment companies to attend the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair in Denmark. During the fair, Albanian businesses held nearly 40 meetings with potential buyers, several of which plan to visit Albania for follow-up meetings in the near future.

USAID's workshops were made possible with the support of the National Chamber of Façon of Albania and the National Chamber of Garment and Footwear Manufacturers.

U.S. Agency for International Development


Must ReadView All

US President Joe Biden. Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 29th Jul 2021

Proposed amendments to raise US content in federal purchases announced

The United States has decided to raise US-made content in government...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 29th Jul 2021

Uninterrupted supply chain crucial for Vietnam amid ongoing COVID wave

Ensuring that the supply chain of Vietnam is not interrupted amid the ...

Pic: Moschino

Fashion | On 29th Jul 2021

Italy’s Aeffe buys remaining 30% stake in Moschino for full ownership

Italian luxury fashion company Aeffe has acquired fashion house...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Donating 20,000 N95 masks to hospitals & NGOs

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Great step towards realising end goal of 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat'

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Multi-functional garments will be next big thing

Ritu Oberoi,

Ritu Oberoi

Mumbai-based Forsarees is a socially driven business enterprise, working...

Ujjval Saraf,

Ujjval Saraf

Founded by Jimmy Lai, Giordano International Ltd, a Hong Kong based...

Dhirubhai & Arvind Shah,

Dhirubhai & Arvind Shah

It supplies synthetic fabrics to top international brands like M&S,...

Hemant Bheda, Arevo

Hemant Bheda
Arevo

Arevo, based in Silicon Valley in California, develops technology to...

Wolfgang Plasser, Lenzing AG

Wolfgang Plasser
Lenzing AG

The Lenzing Group is an international company headquartered in Austria...

Sameer Sonkusale & Rachel Owyeung, Tufts University

Sameer Sonkusale & Rachel Owyeung
Tufts University

A team at the Tufts University in Massachusetts was recently in news for...

Vidur Adlakha & Riccardo Bennidini, La Fuori

Vidur Adlakha & Riccardo Bennidini
La Fuori

With an active presence in US, Italy and India, clothing brand La Fuori...

Ramya Rao & Kavea R Chavali, Kalaneca

Ramya Rao & Kavea R Chavali
Kalaneca

<div>The journey of Kalaneca (kala-Art, Neca- Nikaah) formally began in...

Shalini Sharma & Shweta Pundir Sharma, Six Yard Story

Shalini Sharma & Shweta Pundir Sharma
Six Yard Story

Six Yard Story is a premium artisanal brand with a focus to bring handloom ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


July 2021

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search