UNECE offers a number of solutions to improve the Uzbek clothing industry (exclusive)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 19. UNECE has carried out a number of activities to improve the Uzbek clothing industry through its blockchain pilot project launched in July 2021 in a number of Uzbek companies such as Indorama Agro, Indorama Kokand textile and Nil Granit, project manager of the “Traceability for Sustainable Development” project led by UNECE. the Garment and Footwear initiative,” Maria Teresa Pisani told Trend.

“The UNECE blockchain pilot to trace a cotton value chain from seed to final products, which are T-shirts, following the ‘real’ lifecycle of cotton production,” said- she declared.

According to the project leader, as part of its global initiative “Improving Traceability and Transparency of Sustainable Value Chains in Apparel and Footwear” launched in 2019, UNECE explored the role that blockchain and DNA markers can play a part in ultimate traceability from field to shelf.

These efforts build on the business and data model developed by the initiative, which identifies key data, documents and certificates that need to be exchanged by value chain actors to claim the sustainability performance of products. , processes and facilities in this sector.

“Uzbek companies have engaged in this pilot project to track and disclose sustainability claims in the blockchain platform. For example, the cotton origin claim is evidenced by uploading traceability documents (e.g. , transaction documents, such as contract, shipping note, invoice, transport document) at key nodes in the value chains.Additional claims related to the social and environmental performance of the product are also considered in this pilot project and must be verified using sustainability-related documents (e.g. certificates, audit/inspection reports, laboratory documents, test results report) to be uploaded into the system,” said Pisani .

According to her, the next step in this pilot project is the use of physical DNA markers, which are currently being applied to cotton yarn and tested at each stage of the supply chain to verify provenance. , the authenticity and the quality of the cotton. DNA markers bridge the gap between digital data and physical product. Such a solution not only proves the origin and authenticity of the product, but also detects the mixing of components by anchoring the data to the product to prevent and detect false product claims.

The project manager noted that the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

“So far, UNECE has conducted pilot activities with national partners, including several training and coaching sessions for the deployment of the use case. The pilot should produce results before summer 2022 and will be featured in a detailed proof-of-concept report this year,” Pisani said.

The textile, clothing and knitwear industry of Uzbekistan is one of the major dynamically developing industries. It plays an essential role in solving the problems of the State and responds to the vital interests of many regions. It contributes to the harmonious development of the regions, ensures the employment of the population and improves its well-being, helps with the training and development of small private companies.

Over the past 27 years, the industry has become one of the leaders in attracting foreign investment and exporting high value-added products. Today, the industry is represented by a wide range of exports – from yarn to finished garments and knitwear.

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Michael O. Stutler