On 28th of June in Bishkek, was held a workshop named “Requirements for garments and textiles in the EAEU and the EU. “GSP+”. Why is it profitable? How to organize a quality control system?” More than 20 representatives of sewing and textile companies of Kyrgyzstan became participants of the workshop. The event was supported by the Program “Trade Promotion in the Kyrgyz Republic,” implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC) and financed by the Government of Switzerland.

The chairman of the Public Association “For Quality” Gulnara Jusupjanova at the workshop explained in detail the requirements concerning garments and textiles, as well as gave full information on assessing compliance with these requirements. Representatives of the garment industry, in turn, asked questions on topics of interest to them.

With regard to the requirements of the EAEU, on August 12, 2017, two technical regulations of the EAEU — TR TC 007/2011 “On the safety of products intended for children and adolescents” and TR TC 017/2011 “On the Safety of Light Industry Products” came into force in Kyrgyzstan. The fulfillment of the requirements of these documents is mandatory for enterprises and individual entrepreneurs who manufacture and sell clothing and textile products in the territory of the EAEU member countries. Gulnara Jusupjanova informed the participants about the specifics of these regulations, the scope of their application, as well as the rules for the circulation of products on the market, labeling and general safety requirements.

In addition, since 2016 Kyrgyzstan has been granted a preferential customs tariff for the “GSP+” during exporting goods to the European Union. The peculiarities of this regime and the requirements for the export of garments and textiles to the EU countries were also touched upon during the meeting.

“GSP+ is a system of unilateral trade concessions to reduce or eliminate tariffs for a number of exports from developing countries and least developed countries. Kyrgyzstan belongs to the developing countries. The purpose of this system is to increase export earnings in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development and good governance. GSP+ of the EU has been in use since 1971. The current version is based on regulations, which was adopted in 2012 and began to apply since January 2014. GSP + of the European Union consists of three modes: general and two special modes. A special incentive regime for sustainable development and good governance is the GSP+. Not all countries can become parties to this regime, but only those that have ratified and implement international conventions on human rights, labor, ecology, etc. Kyrgyzstan was accepted into this system of preferences, because we have ratified 27 international conventions,” — told the trainer to the participants of the workshop.

According to Saule Beishenova, one of the workshop participants representing the Clothing Designer’s Brand “Toolai”, she is trying her best to attend all ITC workshops on quality standards.

“I had extensive experience of working in Europe. Currently since the production facility is located here, in Kyrgyzstan, I am very keen to learn about all regulations and standards required for export. Currently my role is to arrange production and export operations. Such workshops are very critical for me as it is necessary for the expansion of my company and its promotion. And the manufacturing operations are impossible without knowledge of the whole chain of actions for application of quality standards”, — said Saule Beyshenova.

To wrap up, Gulnara Jusupjanova provided practical recommendations and tips on products’ quality control arrangements in line with EAEU and EU requirements.