Enterprises in apparel and leather sector vary, from larger privatized operations owned by international firms to locally-owned companies. While the sector’s overall growth has been moderate, there are companies with business growth opportunities. These and other entrepreneurs have established connections with larger buyers, both domestic and foreign, although many locally-owned companies still struggle with market connections and production capacity constraints.
EMPOWER Private Sector sees that Kosovo producers, especially in the “cut & sew” category, have the potential to serve a larger market, and will therefore work with this sector to help with it. Support activities include: expanding buyer connections through various channels, addressing skills needs by bringing apparel designer training into the VET system, organizing internship programs and facilitating finance.