Chairman's word - November 2016

I am sure all of you have had a Wonderful Deepawali and I wish you all a prosperous New Year! Finally, the trend has changed and after a declining period in exports I am glad to share with you that exports grew at 3.7 per cent and 12.6 per cent during August and September respectively. Going forward, we are only expecting this to improve further. While our October events—BSM Spain and ITF Tokyo—fared well, I look forward to some pioneering efforts and a renewed vigor in our export promotion initiatives with our new Chairman, Export Promotion, Mr Anil Buchaisia. His vision to re-emphasize on the traditionally strong markets of EU and USA, where China has been vacating and his strategy roadmap for India to reposition, certainly hold promise.
The need for efficient business models, product development and innovation cannot be substituted by any promotion activities. I call upon you all to avail of the AEPC’s product development initiatives—seek guidance, participate and promote. Many of you have participated in our SME Outreach programmes. Encouraged by your response, we are continuing our outreach efforts. We are also initiating training programmes to educate our members about availing the ROSL scheme benefits through establishment of Internal Complaints Committees (ICC). We are also rolling our multi-city calendar of Fashion forecast seminars, in partnership with WGSN, from this month, to help the industry keep pace
with the fashion trends.
Every month, I have the privilege of writing to you about AEPC to recognize our accomplishments, to address our challenges and to share with you our outlook and plans for the future. But, most importantly, I look at this as an opportunity to hear back from you and solicit ideas to enhance the future. None of our initiatives will be any good unless you are a part of them. Please come forward, participate actively and help us improve your experience with us.
Warmest Regards,
Ashok G Rajani