Egypt promotes exports through export promotion activities focusing on trade agreements, fiscal incentives, export promotion jurisdiction and the establishment of Export Commodity Councils.
A textile technology centre, established in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering of University of Cairo, became operational by mid-2007. Further, Egypt focuses on technical assistance projects:
A National Quality Plan has been launched to upgrade metrology, standardization, testing and quality systems. Further, industrial monitoring mechanisms will be implemented in the near future.
Policies and strategies, affecting the textile and clothing industry, include three regional trade agreements:
Further, Egypt concluded eight bilateral trade agreements, six with Arab countries, one with the EU, and a recent one with Turkey. Moreover, Egypt negotiated a preferential trade agreement with the United States of America. These trade agreements guarantee the preferential treatment of Egyptian products in various markets and have a positive affect on the textile and clothing industry. These numerous trade agreements also protected the Egyptian textile and clothing sector from Asian competitors.
Key lessons to be drawn from the experience of the Egyptian strategies and policies: