Sakthivel shared the concern that for the past three years the industry has been struggling to survive and the growth of apparel exports has been stagnant. However, he assured the members of the Council that he will convince the senior officials of the Central Government to get the required incentives and benefits thereby reviving growth of the sector and overall exports.
Sakthivel was first elected to the board of directors of AEPC in the year 1982 thus serving the council for almost four decades. He is also the first person in the history of AEPC to have become its chairman for the fourth time. His diligence has played a vital role in the growth of the Council and gradually led to the improvement of exports at the national level.
He has also served as managing committee member of Federation of Indian Exporters Organisation (FIEO) for more than a decade. He was also the president and regional chairman of FIEO, Southern Region.
He along with some exporters had established Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) in 1990. He was the first president of TEA and with his dynamism, he held the post continuously for a period of 27 years. During his tenure as president of TEA, the export turnover of Tiruppur industry increased to a whopping ₹27,000 crore in 2016-17 from ₹270 crore in 1990. The Government of India recognised his unparalleled service to export sector specifically to apparel sector and knitting industry, creation of infrastructure such as industrial parks, ICDs and his contribution to the society with regard to education, drinking water, sanitation and drainage etc, by honouring him with one of the country's most prestigious and esteemed Civilian Award 'Padma Shri' in 2009—the first in the overall textile industry.
Besides being privileged with many honours and accolades, Sakthivel was also conferred with Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) in 2011 by Bharathiyar University for his pivotal role in motivating many enterprising and capable youngsters to make a career in exports and also for his dedicated involvement in visionary projects, initiatives and his immeasurable contribution for the growth of industry and development of society.
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