Exporters should focus towards employment generation: Ajay Tamta
Ahmad Shariq Khan & Aamir H Kaki
Exporters should focus towards employment generation which is the real need of the hour, said Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textile, Government of India, while inaugurating the 57th edition of the India International Garment Fair (IIGF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Monday.
“I am delighted to inaugurate the 57th edition of IIGF. This fair provides the Indian exporters an opportunity to exhibit their products, which meets international quality and technology standards,” the Minister said.
“Events like IIGF give a boost to the ‘Make in India’ programme as the platform encourages smaller players and debutants to work towards making it a reality,” he added.
There are 416 exhibitors showcasing their innovations and products at the fair, which would be open from July 18 to 20th. Indian manufacturers, traders and designers are presenting their diverse and trendy products to trade visitors and buyers from across the world. As this is the sector's primary trade fair of the season, IIGF will set benchmarks for the entire industry.
In a conversation with Pushpa Subramanyam, Additional Secretary, IAS, Ministry of Textiles (MoT) and Sunaina Tomar, Joint Secretary (Exports), MoT, Industry leaders along with Ashok G Rajani, Chairman, AEPC, thanked them for the special package for textile industry and presented their action plan regarding the finer details of the package.
Ashok G Rajani, said, “Riding on the wave of the textile package, this edition of IIGF is witness to huge number of Exhibitors. With the finer details of the package expected soon the industry would fall in line and all the creases that have developed due to the problems faced till now would be straightened.”
“This edition of IIGF has seen a significant growth this year compared to last edition. The sale of stalls at the fair is virtually 100 percent. There is around 25 percent growth in the exhibitors compared to the previous edition,” Rajani told The Dollar Business Bureau.
“IIGF is one of the integrated platforms to organise the industry from all over India,” he added.
He further said that most of the participants this year are MSMEs compared to big exporters. The majority of firms, having turnover of Rs.2 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs.10 crore, are participating at the event as they want to increase their business."
AEPC, under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, has been conducting IIGF for the past 29 years with resounding success. The network has been growing and flourishing from year-to-year and forms the basis for the sourcing plans of all major brands in the world of fashion and accessories.