Apparel Export Promotion Council, under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and in active collaboration with Embassy of India, Japan, participated with 136 companies, constituting over 20% share in overall participation in JFW International Fashion Fair, Tokyo from 17th – 19th July, 2013.
Smt. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India led a delegation of manufacturer exporters from apparel, fabric, made-ups along-with Dr A Sakthivel, Chairman, AEPC, Shri Sudhir Sekhri, Chairman (Export Promotion), AEPC, Shri V Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Exports), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Shri Arun Goyal, Minister (Economic & Commercial), Embassy of India, Tokyo, Japan.
Smt. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary (Textiles) inaugurated the “India Pavilion” on July 17, 2013 at Tokyo, Japan.
Smt. Zohra Chatterji had detailed interaction for increasing India’s textile and apparel exports with Mr. Shimomoura, President, JTF, Ms. Ishiguro, Directors, Ministry of Economy Trade and industry (METI), Japan Textiles Importers Association (JTIA), Mr. Akiro Kiyahara, President, Juki Corporation, Mr. Ueda, Vice President, Japan Textile Federation (JTF.). Secretary (Textiles) also Chaired a seminar on ‘Growing India – Japan Cooperation in Textiles and Clothing Sector’ in the presence of leading textile and clothing stakeholders of Japan.
“India Pavilion” witnessed over 1900 buyers and the business negotiated / done was US$ 32.4 Mn.
The garment exports during the period 2012 were US$ 293 Mn as compared to US$ 270 Mn in 2011, posting a positive growth of 8.11%. The first time visitors were hopeful of generating business in long term. Considering this, it is expected that overall growth in business with Japan may be over 10% Dr A Sakthivel added.
India and Japan have signed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) effective 1st August, 2011. India’s garment exports to Japan have shown a substantial growth after signing of CEPA.
Exports of woven apparels in the period 2005 – 2010 to Japan was minus 3.7%, which has grown to plus 4.6% between 2011-2012, registering exports of US$ 210 Mn. Similarly, exports of knitted apparels in the period 2005 – 2010 to Japan was minus 0.2%, which has grown to plus 10.5% between 2011-2012, registering exports of US$ 83 Mn.
Smt. Zohra Chatterji also launched Fair Promotion Plan for Japanese buyers for the forthcoming international textile and apparel fair viz. Tex-Trends India (20th – 22nd January, 2014), to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Textiles exports to Japan from world is US$ 41540 mn. Apparel exports were worth US $ 32073mn in 2012. India’s exports of textile were worth US$ 485 mn.