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Textiles Minister opens India International Garment Fair
Jul '13
Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister for Textiles inaugurates 51st India International Garment Fair, here. Secretary Textiles, Smt. Zohra Chatterji and Chairman AEPC, Dr. A Sakthivel also addressed the gathering.

After the successful Golden Jubilee of India international Garment Fair (IIGF), 51st IIGF spring/summer- 2014 opens up in New Delhi at ITPO Paragti Maidan. The 51st IIGF will be from 15 -17 July’2013 at Halls Nos. 7D, 8 to 12 & 12A, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Dr A. Sakthivel, Chairman AEPC, commenting on the 51st IIGF inauguration remarked, “We are very hopeful that 51th IIGF will serve as a much needed platform and an opportunity for a large number of exhibitors and buyers from across the globe to interact under one roof.

"Response to the earlier IIGF had been commendable and this time too it will definitely provide the much needed fillip to the Indian Textile industry.”  IIGF is unique fair that brings together the best in Indian Apparel & Accessories, Fabrics– all under one roof.  The associations like AEMA, GEA, CMAI and GEAR are also participating in the 51th IIGF.

“As Chairman, Export Promotion, Ministry of Textiles and my Board expect me to strive hard.  To achieve targets and meet our goal, we have targeted non-traditional markets like Chile, Uruguay, Columbia, Panama, Israel, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Croatia, Estonia and Japan.  We are putting energies in making garment collection, fabric shows and BSM in India.

"24 Export Promotion Events planned for FY 2013-14, including participating in 7 International Fairs, organizing 6 overseas Buyer Seller Meets, and 11 domestic export promotion events. July month has several important participations: Fatex Fair in Paris, France, Hong Kong Fashion Week Hong Kong and International Fashion Fair (IFF), Tokyo, Japan.  In August we are participating in the Sourcing at Magic, Las Vegas USA. BSM New York & Spain will follow.    Chairman AEPC informed.  

Dr A Sakthivel stated that, “Apparel exports touched of US $ 1240 million in June 2013-14 with increase of 12.13 per cent against the corresponding month of last financial year. Factory compliant manufacturing in India has surged with new and unprecedented export orders in the current season. 

"World renounced chain stores and international brands have preferred expanding their sourcing of the merchandise from India.  The flow of expansion of orders in India is expected to fetch additional US $ 3 billion business in the country! India has been chosen as the best place due to the persistent improvement in factory capacity building through ambitious programme AEPC Common Code of Conduct – DISHA, an initiative of Ministry of Textiles. 

Another good news is, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India has approved AEPC as an Independent Agency for assessment and certification modules for non- MES courses under Component II of Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS).  AEPC has set a target of 4.84 lac assessments.

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