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ITC, ICS tie up to help Moroccan textile value chain
Apr '18
The International Trade Centre (ITC) has partnered with ICS, which represents several European textile retailers, to strengthen competitiveness and climate resilience in the Moroccan textile value chain. The project’s launch coincided with an April 10-12 meeting in Casablanca that brought together Moroccan, French, German and Spanish textile representatives.

Geneva-headquartered ITC is a multilateral agency with a joint mandate with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

In addition to the Moroccan textile sector, the ‘Strengthening Competitiveness through Climate Resilience in International Value Chains’ project will focus on the Kenyan agri-food sector, according to an ITC press release.

The interventions aim at improving the risk management of Moroccan textile suppliers and Kenyan coffee and tea suppliers, supporting companies to integrate climate-change considerations in their risk analysis and helping them to create climate adaptation plans.

Adapting to climate change is a serious challenge for governments, businesses and communities. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, particularly in developing countries, see their operations facing increasing volatility due to climate change related impacts such as increased prices for raw materials, energy and water, and but also degraded transport routes and processing facilities as a result of heavy rainfalls or drought, the press release said.

To be implemented by ITC’s Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) programme, the project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Crucial to the project is the participation of European companies that will take an active role in the project. These buyers have identified participating suppliers, participated in sensitization workshops and will take part in a selection of customized coaching sessions together with their respective suppliers.

Companies participating through the partnership with ICS include Camaïeu, Carrefour, Damartex, IDKids, La Halle and Naf Naf of the Vivarte group, La Redoute, Monoprix, Orsay and Promod. (DS)

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