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Trade fair under fire for promoting overseas companies

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Nov '09
The 11th International Apparel, Textile, Footwear and Machinery Trade Expo, which was held last week in Cape Town has come in for criticism from the apparel manufacturing sector, for weakening the governments policy of revitalizing local industry and promoting domestically produced goods.

This has come about due to the presence of as many as 120 Chinese manufacturers at the expo, which attracted retailers from across the whole sub-continent. Since the last few years textile and clothing manufactures are fighting with their backs to the wall and trying their best to stop the erosion of their market shares to Chinese producers.

The Managing Director of the organisation behind the expo, Ms Deirdre Harte said the conference organizers since many years had been trying to get the apparel producers to exhibit at the show, since it was able to attract top and many buyers. Despite the fact that it cost very little to exhibit, only 20 producers signed up for the event, with the big ones keeping away.

She sounded a note of warning when she said that this will ensure that overseas brands particularly from China will further swamp the domestic markets and erode market shares of the local companies, since the local apparel manufacturers were not interested in promoting their products to the local buyers.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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