Chairman's word for January 2018
I look forward to this year for many new beginnings as I take on the responsibility of being the Chairman of AEPC. I am privileged to be at the helm of affairs at this pioneering organization which has been successfully steering the apparel Industry through various services and initiatives. As one of the largest Councils, our strength is the high level of member participation in our activities and decision making and I look forward to enhancing this strength to grow further during my tenure.
I deeply acknowledge the great vision and commitment of our outgoing Chairman, Mr Ashok G Rajani, demonstrated through the various programmes for transformation of the organisational set up as also service delivery of the organisation initiated by him. I would continue working in this direction with special focus on facilitation services for small and medium enterprises. I will shortly be coming out with an action plan for the year on the various facilitation desks AEPC plans to open this year.
At the recently concluded 22nd AEPC Export Awards 2016-17, it was indeed an honor to host Honorable Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry Honorable Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting along with Honorable Shri Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles and Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aaayog. During the power group discussion, the ministers outlined the government’s strategy for the sector and it was heartening to find out the priority which the government has accorded to the Industry and the efforts it is putting in promoting exports from India.
The opening of Ahmedabad office is another important landmark for AEPC as the state of Gujarat not only produces around one third of the cotton produced in the country but is also the 2nd largest manufacturer of cotton fabric in the country .It is also the largest manufacturer of man-made filament fabric (38%) and man-made fiber(31%) in the country. With Such distinct advantages, the presence of AEPC office in the state will surely be a win-win for the Council and the industry.
To support the startups from the Textile/ Apparel/ Fashion sector AEPC has started an incubation and resource center at its head office in Gurgaon. The center will serve as a startup Incubation center where entrepreneurs from Textile/ Apparel/ Fashion sector will work, interact and accelerate their businessess. The center will provide an opportunity to startups to connect with investors, mentors and corporates. The resource facility will also provide an opportunity to startup entrepreneurs to undergo training and participate in workshops and competitions conducted by the Industry partners of AEPC.
I am happy to share AEPC's partnership with International Labor Organisation (ILO) to identify, compile, promote and implement good work place practices for improving the operational efficiencies in the Indian apparel industry is about to see some good results. The team had an experience sharing visit to Vietnam, the country which has recorded the best growth in apparel exports in the last few years. The learnings from the visit will be incorporated in the good practices manual being prepared for AEPC.
2017 was a turning point in the history of India's economy with the introduction of GST. GST is changing the paradigms of policy frameworks and facilitation mechanisms for the export sector. The industry has to gear up to this change and redefine its strategies for meeting the competition.
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