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    $1.1 million to boost leather, textile industries in Jordan

    February 19, 2020
    finance & economy

    Amman, Feb. 18 (Petra) -- Leather and textile industries sector is a vital engine to the national economy, as it contributed to about 26 percent of the total exports in 2019, Minister of Industry and Trade Assistant Secretary General, Emad Tarawneh, said on Tuesday.

    In remarks during the launching ceremony of a project to enhance the competitiveness of the leather and textile industries sector in Jordan (MENATEX), implemented by the International Trade Center (ITC) in cooperation with the Industry Ministry and the Jordan Chamber of Industry, and funded by the Swedish government, the minister pointed out that the sector faces great challenges of which efforts must band together to turn them into opportunities.

    Project's Manager in Jordan, Iman Bseisu, said that ITC has evaluated the needs of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the sector's mechanism of work and its priorities.

    'The $1.1 million project aims at improving the environment for companies in the textile sector, by training workers on international best practices that qualify them to enter the global markets', ITC's advisor of the Textiles and Clothing, Abdul Latif Obaid, said.

    'About 20 companies were chosen to benefit from the project's technical support to enhance production, export and sustainability standards,' he said, adding that the project is part of the MENATEX regional program, which covers 4 countries: Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

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