Clustering gains strength in Adıyaman

01 Oct 2006

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This was a Forum, which brought together all companies and institutions, those work inter-dependently in the textile business.

New Horizons - There were not only Textile firms but also Governorship, GAP Regional Development Agency (RDA), Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB), Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD), Istanbul Textile and Ready-to-Wear Exporters’ Union (ITKIB), Adıyaman Municipality, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Textile Ready-to-Wear Clustering Association at the ‘Textile and Ready-to-Wear Forum’ in Adıyaman, on September 15, 2006.

The aim was to increase the value-added created in the region, including Gaziantep, Adana, Şanlıurfa, Malatya, Kahramanmaraş and Diyarbakır, while focusing on Adıyaman province, and thus strengthen the competitive power of the textile sector and the economy of the region as a whole, by clustering all companies and institutions in the textile area.

The project carries the vision of making the GAP region, which produces 60% of Turkey’s cotton yield, the centre of the labour-intensive textile and ready-to-wear industry within the span of 10 years.

Governor Halil Işık said that he believed the regional dimension of clustering and its contributions to the region would be extensive, adding that putting Adıyaman in the focus of the Clustering Project was enthusiastically welcomed by local industrialists and investors.

The Forum was organized within the framework of the “Textile and Ready-to-Wear Clustering Project” initiated by GAP-GIDEMs (Entrepreneur Support Centres). GIDEMs, which were established by the UNDP and GAP RDA in the framework of an EU funded project, have been providing training, advisory, consultancy and information services to the target group through their offices in Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa and Mardin, which also implement the “clustering approach” – a local economic development method.