Ready to Trade: Production efficiency training for Belarusian clothing enterprises


Staff from Belarusian clothing enterprises have taken part in an eight-day training on production efficiency organised by the International Trade Centre and the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support to Entrepreneurs, as part of the EU4Business project ‘Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade’.

The training took place in Minsk from 27 August to 5 September and was aimed at production and management staff from private sector SMEs.   

The eight-day theoretical and practical workshop aimed at improving the production efficiency of export-oriented clothing enterprises, by teaching company management how to increase productivity by introducing efficient production techniques, implementing sewing production planning systems and new approaches for managing available technical constraints and production limitations. 

The training included a presentation of international experience and best practices in garment production, focused on achieving a zero level of product defects by improving manufacturing efficiency and introducing efficient organisation of production capacities, in parallel with the implementation of international standards for determining labour productivity using KPI systems for enterprise production personnel that allow increased productivity and enhance the system of sewing workflows. 

During the training, all participants received action plans for each enterprise aiming to implement in practice the knowledge they had received. 

International experts will continue to monitor the process of implementation with the pilot group of enterprises, during which the enterprises will be able to receive additional consultations.

Eastern Partnership: Ready to Trade - an EU4Business initiative helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access new markets with a focus on the EU, helping SMEs identify and comply with quality and standards to meet international requirements, linking them with buyers along the value chain, and providing cluster support. In Belarus, the project supports the textile and clothing sector, assisting SMEs in producing value added goods in accordance with international and EU market requirements and linking with EU markets. While the project is mainly focused on SMEs, some targeted assistance to local BSOs, including national trade promotion organisations, is also provided. Support is directed to helping companies access the EU market, through targeted capacity-building, advisory services and market access activities.The project is financed by the European Union.