Uzbekistan plans to launch production of Nike and Adidas sports footwear in Andijan Region. The country’s Uzcharmsanoat Association has signed multiple deals with the brands, the head of the Association Fahriddin Boboyev told the local Economic Review (Ekonomicheskoye Obozreniye) magazine.
Uzbekistan has a significant volume of quality leather alongside a relatively cheap workforce which will allow the country to produce clothes for more international brands in future, according to Boboyev. He noted that Uzbekistan was seeking to become a clothing and footwear production hub in Central Asia.
"We have reached an agreement with leading companies like Nike and Adidas to enter our market,” Fahriddin Boboyev said. “Sinointernational JV LLC plans to produce 3 million pairs of sneakers under the world-famous brand on the terms of outsourcing."
According to the Fibre2Fashion portal, Uzbek garment-textile exports rose by 112% to $1bn in the first half of 2020 as new markets opened up and new products were developed.