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TEA signs MoU with Botswana

M. Gunasekaran

To make the services and expertise through off-line and online consultations

TIRUPUR: The Tirupur Exporters' Association (TEA) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Exporters Association of Botswana (EAOB) to offer its expertise in cluster approach for the growth and development of industry and export.

At the end of the three-day consultation programme on `Competitiveness through export clustering: Strategic considerations' organised by the International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva, to know more about the success story of Tirupur knitwear cluster here the MoU was signed. Representatives from various developing countries, including Pakistan, Turkey, Botswana, Laos and Angola participated.

Apart from TEA and EAOB, the ITC, the joint technical co-operation agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for operational, enterprise-oriented aspects of trade development, also signed the MoU as third party.

According to the MoU, TEA will make the services and expertise through off-line and online consultations with EAOB. TEA will send office bearers, members and experts to Botswana for short durations for discussions with EAOB. On behalf of TEA, its president, A. Sakthivel, Executive Director of EAOB, Loago Raditedu, and Brian Barclay, Coordinator, Executive Forum, ITC, signed the MoU.

According to Mr. Barclay, TEA, an internationally acclaimed association, has successfully implemented many projects, programmes and activities for growth and development of small and medium enterprises and export of knitwear from Tirupur.

And it has been a frontrunner in practicing cluster approach and it has accumulated abundant wealth of knowledge and experience in export promotion.

"For the first time TEA has entered this kind arrangement to provide our expertise to other Countries. It's a great honour and recognition for us. Other countries also expressed interest and I hope we will sign more MoUs soon," Mr. Sakthivel told The Hindu. The Botswana exporters are keenly interested in making joint efforts to promote exports from their Country.

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