The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said that with 312 participants from 14 states coming together, India International Garment Fair (IIGF) is one of the largest platforms in Asia showcasing apparel and accessories.
Opening the 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF), at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Wednesday, she said that with the presence of 246 registered buying houses, IIGF will facilitate international buyers to source products and form collaborations. Stating that festivity in terms of trade had begun under the aegis of AEPC, Irani congratulated the participants who she said came with a lot of hope, to present their talent to the rest of the world.
The Minister said that more than 1000 buyers are participating in the fair, so that they can leverage the talent that India has to offer. She expressed the hope that AEPC goes from strength to strength through these endeavours. She added that platforms like IIGF are very cost-effective for newly exporting small and medium enterprises which use these platforms very effectively.
Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta, and Secretary (Textiles), Rashmi Verma were also present at the inauguration of the three day international fair, which caters to Autumn- Winter 2017/ 18.
Speaking on the occasion Chairman, AEPC, Ashok G Rajani, said that AEPC expects the 58th IIGF to bring in double digit growth in the Indian export market, bringing in optimism amongst exporters.
Nearly 1100 buyers have confirmed from 94 countries across the world. Buyers from Europe, The United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa amongst many others are participating in the event.
Fourteen states from India are participating, the major participating states being Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat and Karnataka.
Incorporated in 1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/ international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.