Gerber Technology, COMESA establish technical assistance program in Mauritius

Gerber Technology said it has established a dedicated program for technical assistance and training in Mauritius.

Gerber Technology and COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) were invited by the Republic of Mauritius and its Mauritius Business Growth Scheme (MBGS) unit to collaborate and introduce a program focused on improving the sustained use of premium software solutions for apparel pattern making. This approach is also intended to promote advances in quality control, collaboration with partners and better efficiency.

A primary goal for the initiative will be the deepening of integration and competitiveness of the COMESA region as well as the Mauritius apparel industry. The initiative is financially supported by the regime of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), issued by the EU.

The project implementation time frame is scheduled for a period of six months, and then Gerber and local representative Automated Garment Technology (A.G.T., Ltd.) will provide on-site support and dedicated classroom training sessions.

“Continuous monitoring of progress will be vital for the success of the program,” said A.G.T. founder and shareholder Clet Baba. “Collaboration with COMESA as well as MBGS will be critical to make this initiative most beneficial to the local industry.”

Gerber Technology has a history of introducing innovations and technologies that optimize customers´ product development and manufacturing processes. Gerber has launched technologies that have become the benchmarks for pattern design, grading and marker making, as well as material spreading and cutting.

COMESA began in December 1994 when it was formed to replace the former Preferential Trade Area (PTA), which had existed from the earlier days of 1981. Due to COMESA´s economic history and background its main focus is on the formation of a large economic and trading unit that is capable of overcoming some of the barriers that are faced by individual states. With its 19 member states, population of over 470.26 million and annual import bill of around USUSD170,895 million with an export bill of USUSD112,546 million COMESA forms a major market place for both internal and external trading.

Based in Connecticut in the USA, Gerber Technology is owned by Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and managing more than USD2 billion of equity capital.