Prepared by the Eco-cell of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)

Incorporated in1978, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments. A quick look at how AEPC has been the moving force behind lot of achievements: From one office in 1978, it has over 40 offices in just a span of 30 years. From just being a quota monitoring entity, AEPC is today a powerful body for the promotion and facilitation of garment manufacturing and their exports. For Indian exporters, AEPC is quite literally a one-stop shop for information, technical guidance to work force and market intelligence. Members have access to updated trade statistics, potential markets, information on international fairs and assistance in participating at these fairs. It also plays a large role in identifying new markets and leading trade delegations to various countries.

In recent years, AEPC has worked tirelessly in integrating the entire industry-starting at the grass root level of training the workforce and supplying a steady stream of man power to the industry; identifying the best countries to source machinery and other infrastructure and brokering several path breaking deals for its members and finally helping exporters to showcase their best at home fairs as well as be highly visible at international fairs the world over. Twice a year, AEPC showcases the best of Indias garment export capabilities through the prestigious India International Garment Fair, playing host to over 350 exhibitors displaying the exotic, the haute, the prt, the contemporary and much more. With AEPC's expertise and all the advantages Apparel Export Promotion Council that India has, it makes for a truly win-win situation-Indian exporters grow stronger each year in their achievements, skills and proficiency, while international buyers get superior solutions for their garment imports.

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The report is originally published in New Cloth Market, July 2011