• Living income & wages
01. September 2022

In 2022, the ILO declared the use of systematic child and forced labor in Uzbekistan to be abolished due to the positive changes made over the last years. Since then, the subsequent lifting of the boycott of Uzbek cotton by international NGOs and companies, the Uzbek cotton and textile sector has been considered a promising sourcing market. This was also due to the  GSP+ status and its associated tariff reduction for imports, which the European Union granted Uzbekistan in April 2021. Overall, in only five years the country has also developed from being a raw cotton producer to becoming an exporter of high-quality textile products. The vertically integrated supply chains of many companies and the availability of raw materials to be processed to finished goods within the country offer outstanding conditions for creating transparent and traceable supply chains for international buyers.

You are curious to learn more about the sector and the opportunities? Together with amfori, GIZ is organizing a business-to-business conference for Uzbek and European textile companies in Brussels on the 1st of September. Within this frame, the developments in the Uzbek cotton and textile sector, especially with regard to social and environmental standards, will be presented. Moreover, it will shed light on the opportunities and challenges for companies that want to purchase textiles from Uzbekistan as well as on the implementation of the social and environmental conventions related to the GSP+ status.

 

Would you like to participate? If so, please fill in the attached registration form by August 15th and send it to uzbekconference(at)giz.de "