The Egyptian textile industry is to take its first steps in e-commerce in the next few months, experts said recently.

Small-and medium-scale textile factories will be able to market and export their products, especially to the the European Union (EU) through the channels of e-commerce and avoid the complex export procedures, experts said at the ‘E-MED TEX-NET’ seminar that was organised by the Electronics Research Institute of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

E-MED TEXÐNET is a technology and innovation transfer project, focusing on the most important industrial sector for the most countries of the south Mediterranean.

The aim of E-MED TEX-NET is to promote existing human resources networks and develop new networks for excellence among the key players that are directly associated with textile industries in the Mediterranean region.

These networks will be supported by a pilot portal and e-market place, which will include a database and on-line matching of offer and demand, on-line benchmarking for company certification, and on-line training.

The seminar reviewed the outcome of a joint research project conducted by the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) and the EU to prepare these programmes.

This seminar is part of regional and inter-regional workshops organised in Arab countries to increase awareness of the various dimensions and to stimulate further information exchange between Arab government and enterprises which are active in e-commerce.

Dr Salwa Nassar of the ERI and leader of the research team said the e-gate was set up to develop and promote trade exchange between Egypt and 19 Arab and European countries in the Mediterranean Basin, particularly in textiles through an electronic network connecting the north and south Mediterranean region.

"The electronic gate is now a reality and there will be no alternative for this gate in future trade exchange in all fields," Dr Nassar told the daily newspaper el-Gumhouria, sister paper of the Egyptian Gazette.

Dr Nassar said that the model prepared for the electronic networks was founded on three sub-projects.

"The first sub-project, ‘Inter-Enterprise Database’ which will be an effective mechanism for the management of information necessary to build business relationships in the textile sector.

"This service is considered of major importance for the socio-economic evolution of the sector in the Mediterranean," Dr Nassar told the paper.

"The second sub-project, ‘Evaluation and Benchmarking System, (EBS)’ is for the installation of a benchmarking system to enable companies to evaluate their competitive status in comparison with reference models, which will be developed from company data, collected from selected companies (Core User Group)," she explained.

Concerning the third sub-project, ‘Training on Information Tools and Systems,’ Professor Hisham al-Dib, deputy chairman of the project, said that its aim is to formulate an advanced training programme, which will be available in electronic form and in the traditional classroom format

Egyptian Gazette