New Delhi, Feb 22 (GCBusiness) Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) celebrated its 42nd Foundation Day on Saturday under the leadership of its Chairman Padma Shri A Sakthivel who recently took over the responsibility for the fourth time in the Council’s four decade journey.
‘Having started out of a small office space in Nehru Place in Delhi as a quota monitoring entity, our Council today has a countrywide presence with 12 offices and a 8000 strong membership constitution of almost all large production houses, trading houses and small and medium scale units,’ said Dr Sakthivel.
He said that though India’s readymade garment exports showed a marginal increase in April 2019-January 2020 period, the apparel exporters are confident of capturing a larger market share due to the renewed enthusiastic support of the Government.
The Chairman in his recent interactions with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has brought up issues being faced by apparel exporters and discussed ways to promote apparel exports.
‘While the government has prepared the ground for growth of man-made fibre production in the country with its removal of anti-dumping duty on PTA, the Council has planned to participate in mega exhibitions across the world to showcase Indian apparel,’ he said.
AEPC members will participate in various international fairs this year including ‘India Tex Trend Fair’ in Tokyo and ‘Pure London’ in July, ‘Magic Fair’ in Las Vegas and ‘Apparel Textile Sourcing’ in Canada in August, ‘Who’s Next’ in Paris in September, and ‘Australia International Sourcing Fair’ in Melbourne in November.
‘The apparel sector is the largest employment provider after agriculture and employs 12.90 million workers, of which 65-70 per cent are women,’ Dr Sakthivel said, adding that the sector holds the key to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for skill development and job generation.