European Profiles S.A. has been awarded the project in the EU and Central Asia “Strengthening Central Asian - European partnership and co-operation in the fashion sector”

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The overall objective of the project is to promote the development of the textile and clothing private sector by encouraging the growth and expansion of Small Medium Enterprises.

The specific objective of the project is to reinforce the competences of the Business Intermediary Organizations (BIOs) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, increasing their capacity to support SMEs and to influence policies in favour of micro and small scale companies.

The target groups/final beneficiaries are (a) the BIOs in the three target countries, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, (b) the SMEs related to the T&C sectors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and (c) the related trade operators.

The budget of this project is € 540.000 and it is expected to finish in June 2013, with the beneficiary of the project being the Hellenic Clothing Industry Association (HCIA).