EAEC will help solve the raw materials problem of light industry
“In 2018, the textile and sewing segments of the light industry of the EurAsEC (EuroAsian Economic Community) countries added about 3%. Growth in exports of ready-made clothing from the EEU was 8.4%. It is important for us to support this growth of business activity and stimulate the emergence of new successful productions, ”said Tigran Harutyunyan, deputy director of the Industrial Policy Department of the EurAsian Economic Commission (EAEC), at the Russian Textile and Light Industry Week forum.
Despite the positive dynamics in the industry , there is a problem with developing of the raw materials base for light industry. It is a fact that producers mainly use natural ingredients as a raw material: wool, leather, fur, flax, and cotton. Over the past three years , the cattle livestock decreased by almost 1 million heads. For the EAEU, this is the annual load of one tannery with a capacity of 300-400 million square decimeters.
“In this regard, it is necessary to work on agreed basis for the development of light industry and agriculture of the EurAsEC, and here we need to ensure coordination of the work of the ministries of agriculture and industry ministries of the EurAsEC countries,” added he.
Another pressing issue is to increase the volume of agricultural raw materials for light industry.
Several steps are proposed to solve raw materials’ shortage problem in the EurAsEC market. First, it is necessary to determine the currently competitive types of raw materials for the light industry, produced by the agro-industrial complexes of the EurAsEC countries. Then a production-consumption balance should be formed to meet the needs of the allied light industry. And on this basis, a multilateral program with the countries of the EurAsEC should be developed, to meet the raw materials’ demand of the whole industry.
The representative of the EEC named two more tools for the development of the industry: the creation of production chains of full technological cycle - Eurasian clusters and the development of the potential of the light industry in inter-sectoral cooperation with manufacturers of furniture, automotive and aviation industries.