APIUS News

Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

Alexandra Can

APIUS President

Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

An enabling economic vision for Moldova means establishing a knowledge-based economy to fully capitalize on our country’s economic potential in the light of its competitive advantages. This implies investments in industries that could create products and services with high added-value and high appreciation of the invested capital.

One of the key priorities for the Moldova fashion manufacturing industry is to facilitate direct business between domestic manufacturers and foreign partners creating an effective and efficient value chain. This is the only way to keep the added value with the local producers, which will bring higher labour productivity, investments in R&D and new technologies.

I’m happy that the label “Made in Moldova” on the apparel, footwear and accessories has been crossing the country’s border. It has been a very good soar in this field, and we plan to develop policies to build on this momentum. Many of the entrepreneurs motivate us to promote better policies to support their ideas  and confidence that one can build competitive business right here, at home.

In addition, Moldova has become a Member of the European Fashion Council, alongside Denmark, Norway, Austria, and Romania. This European-level status brings us merit-based recognition. Because the high quality of Moldovan products speaks of the standards and requirements met by the fashion industry manufacturers.

The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure restates its commitment to support knowledge-based industry in Moldova as a key factor for Moldova’s economic prosperity and sustainable growth.With best regards,Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

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About Us

Strengthening the Fashion Industry in the Republic of Moldova

History

The Light Industry Employers Association (APIUS) represents the community of local producers of clothing, knitwear, leather goods, footwear and accessories and is dedicated to the competitive development of the light industry, addressing the needs of the private sector, state support and the experience of similar professional organizations.

Since 2012 the association has consolidated its capacity with the support with strategic partners USAID, Sweden, UK Aid and CBI.

Since 2014, APIUS has strengthened its collaboration and partnership with the Investment Agency of Moldova, obtaining support for accessing over 40 exhibitions and international fairs.

On November 6, 2016, the Republic of Moldova, represented by APIUS, became a member of the European Fashion Council (EFC).

Currently, APIUS members cover all segments of the light industry activity: women’s & men’s clothing, children’s clothing, lingerie, footwear, leather goods and accessories.

Mission

The mission of APIUS is to represent, promote, support and defend the common economic, technical and legal interests of the members, representatives of the light industry, by increasing their competitiveness on the local and international market.

Vision

Our vision is to cre­ate a stronger fash­ion industry in Moldova by raising the added value of local fashion products, and giv­ing inde­pen­dent labels, cre­ators and manufacturers the tools and skills to devel­op their busi­ness in a glob­al­ized world.

Board

Staff

Marta Rudi

Project Manager

Marcela Lozovanu

Project Manager

Corina Cojocaru

Executive Director

Services

Facilitating B2B meetings

• Organizing / Brokering meetings with decision makers

• Identifying and facilitating meetings with potential local/international business partners

Organizing and hosting specialized trainings

Hosting and organizing trainings and strategic partnerships

• Identifying and providing qualified experts to train employees, decision makers, designers on various topics of the industry

Facilitating the participation to international trade

Organizing systematically open calls for members to attend the most important fairs and exhibitions from the sector

Facilitating the participation to relevant events with the support of strategic partners

Organize study visits

• Facilitating visits to other international factories for experience exchange

• Facilitating visits of representatives from international factories to Moldovan companies

Lobbying and Advocacy

• Facilitating contact with state institutions

• Participating in working groups within the Economic Council and other public-private dialogue platforms

• Sending regular information on the modification of the legislation

Consulting

• Facilitating assistance on productivity increase, working standards and safety

• Assisting on international funding attraction and proposal writing

• Assisting on finding raw materials

Members

What our members say about us

How to become a member

Please download the full application package and submit to office@apius.md and we will get in touch with you within 3 business days

View industry companies

Clothing, footwear&accesories manufacturers have united under a shared goal of becoming more innovative, knowledge-intensive, value-added and sustainable, and are on track to transform the fashion sector. To date, of the 447 apparel enterprises in Moldova, about 20%, most of them being APIUS members, have shifted from low- to high-level manufacturing, creating value added, ensuring fair wages and enhancing long-term sectoral competitiveness.

Partners

DININIMA

DININIMA, From the Heart — Brands of Moldova, is the umbrella label owned by APIUS. The unifying label launched in 2012, promotes made in Moldova apparel, footwear and accessories to domestic and international customers. DININIMA has emerged as the primary identity for Moldova’s fashion industry, revolutionizing how Moldovan-made fashion products are perceived by consumers globally. DININIMA consolidates 80 Moldovan fashion brands under DININIMA, manages more than 3500 m2 retail space within 6 stores with DININIMA common brands.

MODA

Address: 83, Stefan cel Mare si Sfint blvd.


Brands: Georgette, Sekana, Katea Gri, Premiera Dona, Evadeya, Crème Brulee, Vitalie Burlacu, Shram, Ionel, Haskel


DININIMA STORE

Address: 16/1, Kiev str., Pan Com

Brands: Georgette, Crème Brulee, Vasconi, Mallena


ZORILE MALL ON CALEA IESILOR

Address: 8, Calea Ieșilor str., “Zorile” CC


Brands: Brio, Liudmila Storojuc, Shram, Alina Bradu, Maxi Kids, Ravetti, Crème Brulee, Passer, Aimo, Mallena, Georgette, Bombonici, Ionel, Evadeya, Perna mea, Croitor Tricot

DININIMA OUTLET STORE

Address: 84, Ismail str.

Brands: Vistline, Vasconi and Georgette


CAPSULA STORE

Address: 39, Eminescu str.

Brands: Haskel, Lavielace, Vivi Art Boutique and Arabadji


SHOPPING CENTER “UNIC” CC, 3rd floor, “DININIMĂ”

Address: 8, Stefan cel Mare si Sfint blvd.

Brands: Vitalie Burlacu, Brio, Vistline, Ionel, Olsa Shoes, Tiras

Contact Us

Phone Number

+373 69 15 26 16

Office Address

Republica Moldova Or. Chișinău Str. Studenților 9/19 Centrul Ziphouse

Project Manager

Marcela Lozovanu

marcela.lozovanu@apius.md

+373 69 027 914

Executive Director

Corina Cojocaru

corina.cojocaru@apius.md

Project Manager

Marta Rudi

marta.rudi@apius.md

+373 69 252 911

Legal Address

Republica Moldova Or. Chișinău Str. Calea Ieșilor 8

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Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

An enabling economic vision for Moldova means establishing a knowledge-based economy to fully capitalize on our country’s economic potential in the light of its competitive advantages. This implies investments in industries that could create products and services with high added-value and high appreciation of the invested capital.

One of the key priorities for the Moldova fashion manufacturing industry is to facilitate direct business between domestic manufacturers and foreign partners creating an effective and efficient value chain. This is the only way to keep the added value with the local producers, which will bring higher labour productivity, investments in R&D and new technologies.

I’m happy that the label “Made in Moldova” on the apparel, footwear and accessories has been crossing the country’s border. It has been a very good soar in this field, and we plan to develop policies to build on this momentum. Many of the entrepreneurs motivate us to promote better policies to support their ideas  and confidence that one can build competitive business right here, at home.

In addition, Moldova has become a Member of the European Fashion Council, alongside Denmark, Norway, Austria, and Romania. This European-level status brings us merit-based recognition. Because the high quality of Moldovan products speaks of the standards and requirements met by the fashion industry manufacturers.

The Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure restates its commitment to support knowledge-based industry in Moldova as a key factor for Moldova’s economic prosperity and sustainable growth.With best regards,Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure

Alexandra Can – APIUS President

Dear partners,

During the past decade, Moldova’s fashion manufacturing industry experienced big transformations, overcoming difficulties, adapting to changing global market and value chain, and most important – to the consumers’ evolving expectations.

Thanks to the efforts of the Light Industry Employers Association (APIUS) and the support of our strategic partners – Moldovan Government, development agencies USAID, Sweden and UK Aid – we succeeded to grow Moldova’s fashion manufacturing into a globally competitive industry, embracing productivity, automation, echnologies, sustainability and innovation.

APIUS works to find ways for accelerating development of this industry.  During 2018-2019 alone, our members did business in over 35 countries of the EU, CIS and other regions.

The DININIMA (From the Heart) national fashion identity launched by APIUS in 2012 underpinned an outstanding growth of new fashion brands, as well as industry turnover and exports. A benchmark of quality, DININIMA national brand was recognised as a success story internationally and is in line with the international ”Go Green” strategy by promoting the concepts of ”slow & sustainable fashion” .

We are proud of Moldova’s fashion manufacturers and brands, who create quality products aligned to international trends, at home, with love for people and for their work.

We wish you FROM THE HEART (DININIMA) health, cheer and welfare!

Best regards,

APIUS Chairperson

Alexandra Can