Within the framework of the Textile industry support project of Armenia Rafayel Gevorgyan, the Deputy Minister of Economy, this time visited "Gloria", "Sarton" and "Tashir-kar" textile companies of Lori region. He was accompanied by Textile development expert Tigran Jrbashyan.
The Deputy Minister toured in the production areas, got acquainted with the production process and the assortment produced on the spot. He welcomed the work carried out in the light industry and noted that the Armenian government is interested in promoting the sector, taking into account the growth potential of the textile industry.
"Gloria" company is one of the largest textile companies in Armenia, which provides 2887 jobs for the residents of Lori region. The company's workshops are equipped with the best modern technologies and equipment, which allows to produce clothes made with sophisticated technologies in accordance with European quality standards for different world brands.
"Sarton" company has about 350 jobs, produces children's products of the Italian "MoncLer" brand. The main problem of the company is the lack of employees.
"Tashir-kar" company has carried out technological re-equipment, accepts large orders from abroad. The company plans to expand its production volumes, regularly fills jobs, works to have its own brand.
Among the issues raised during the visits is again the issue of textile specialists and their training. Education in secondary vocational schools, as well as short-term courses, where women without age restrictions can acquire the appropriate skills to work in textile companies can help to solve this problem.
The impact of the termination of the GSP + system on their activities was also discussed with the businessmen. According to the businessmen, the termination of the GSP + system has not had significant consequences for their production at the moment.
Launched in January 2022, the RA Textile Industry Support Program is funded by the UK Government's Good Governance Fund, with EBRD support and coordinated by the Business Support Office. The program is aimed at the development of a sustainable, inclusive textile industry in Armenia. The latter is included in the list of the main strategic priorities of the Armenian economy.