Textile and Apparel Production Innovations Towards More Resource-Efficient and Circular Economy
Textiles and apparel represent a critical economic sector in most Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. This sector has a lengthy history in the EaP region and has experienced different development stages. Over the recent decades, textiles and apparel in the EaP region have gone through radical transformations due to rapid technological advancements, the evolution of production costs, the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emergence of new competitors from the global market. As the textiles and apparel sector continues to globally grow, the geographical distribution of economic opportunity is shifting toward Asia and countries in the EaP region.
Moldova and Armenia are emerging as important producing powers in the sector. However, in order for textile and apparel businesses in both countries to take advantage of all available opportunities and remain competitive in both domestic and global markets, it is important to assist their efforts in the areas of creativity, innovation, design, workforce skills development, and productivity. To support these efforts, RECONOMY facilitated the design and implementation of a pilot intervention with the main goal to increase economic opportunities by improving the competitiveness and sustainability in the textiles and apparel sector in Armenia and Moldova.