APIUS Association Develops a Policy Paper on Ensuring the Sustainable Recovery of the Moldovan Light Industry after COVID-19

Over 35 board members of the APIUS Light Industry Association and representatives of the industry joined an online workshop on the development of a policy paper to ensure industry recovery after COVID-19. The development of the policy paper was initiated with MCP’s support and capitalizes on the Moldovan light industry’s growth over the recent years (including its shift to high value added), while re-strategizing and preparing for a changing industry after COVID-19.

The workshop featured participation of international manufacturing experts, including Dirk Vantyghem, General Director of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), who underscored the need for Moldovan manufacturing companies’ alignment to global fashion trends and adoption of sustainable practices to integrate in the new reality of the EU manufacturing industry.

The workshop offered industry representatives a platform for discussion and experience-sharing in terms of attracting EU buyers; developing and prioritizing environmental-friendly practices that minimize waste; increasing competitiveness; preserving jobs for women in rural areas; automating and digitalizing production processes; and advocating for policy and regulatory changes.

As the EU is the major export market, accounting for 80 percent of Moldova’s light industry exports, integrating Moldova in the wider European fashion family offers valuable opportunities for Moldovan fashion businesses and a post-COVID-19 recovery path.