Tunisia – the UK’s nearshore partner for professional clothing manufacturing

Free Webinar Tunisia

An exclusive, free webinar by PCIAW® and OCO Global

World-renowned trade and investment firm, OCO Global partnered with the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) to host a unique webinar to promote the Buy Tunisian Textiles project funded by the British government through North Africa Technical Assistance Facility (NATAF) implemented by Tetra Tech International Development.

The webinar took place on Wednesday 27th January 2021 (GMT).
PCIAW® invited speakers from the Tunisian government, OCO Global, Cepex Tunisia, Gerber Technology and Hunter Apparel.

PCIAW®’s Webinar Week in November 2020 discussed the lack of resilience and diversification in supply chains, heightened by the pandemic and the need to nearshore manufacturing closer to home. With 20 years of experience, OCO Global is trusted by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote Tunisia as a viable base for manufacturing high-quality workwear at reasonable prices.


27th January 2021 at 10:00 am London Time.

This exclusive webinar was designed to educate buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in the professional clothing industry about new opportunities made available by PCIAW® and OCO Global, to work with the Buy Tunisian Textiles project. The aim was to help workwear, corporatewear and PPE suppliers find reliable nearshore partners in Tunisia, to manufacture at competitive price points, closer to home. We would like to thank our Trusted Members Gerber Technology and Hunter Apparel Solutions for their insights into this opportunity.

OCO Global is working with the British Embassy in Tunis to strengthen ties between UK professional clothing suppliers and Tunisian textile manufacturers for mutually beneficial business partnerships. This webinar informed our audience about the support network on offer, facilitated by the North Africa Technical Assistance Facility (NATAF), funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and managed by Tetra Tech International Development.

Running Order

10:00am: Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW®

10:05am: Declan Osborn, Editor, PCIAW®

10:10am: Simon Hunter M.B.E, CEO, Hunter Apparel Solutions Ltd.

10:17am: Adam Mansell, CEO, UKFT

10:24am: Colin McCullagh, Director for UK & Ireland, OCO Global

10:31am: Nabil Ben Khedher, Tunisian Ambassador to Great Britain

10:34am: Edward Oakden, British Ambassador to Tunisia

10:37am: Hosni Boufaden, President, Nafaa Ennaifer, Vice President, and Mehdi Miled, Member of the Management Board, Tunisian Textile Federation

10:52am: Abdelbasset Ghanmi, General Director of Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) 

10:57am: Chiheb Ben Ahmed, CEO, CEPEX (Tunisian Export Promotion Agency)

11:04am: Tarek Ben haj Ali, CEO and Maher El Kissi, Commercial Director, Workman Group

11:10am: Richard Jessup, Sales Director – EMEA, Direct Markets, and Francisco Aguiar, Sales Director for Indirect Markets, Gerber Technology

11:15am: Colin McCullagh, Director for UK & Ireland, OCO Global

11:18pm: Q&A

12:00pm: Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW® 


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