58th IIGF: A Trendy Af­fair

The 58th In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair (IIGF) was held with a great amount of fan­fare and pride be­tween Jan­uary 18-20, 2017, at Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi. Ap­parel re­ports on the pro­ceed­ings at this Event.

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A Re­port on the 58th In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair, held in New Delhi

The 58th In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair (IIGF) was held be­tween Jan­uary 18-20, 2017, at Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi. The event played host to ex­hibitors from across the coun­try. The Fair was or­gan­ised to give In­dian ex­porters an op­por­tu­nity to ex­hibit their ar­ray of prod­ucts to buy­ers from across the globe. A to­tal of over 1,320 vis­i­tors com­pris­ing of 719 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers and 601 buy­ing agents vis­ited the Fair in a span of three days.

The 58th IIGF was in­au­gu­rated by the Hon’ble Union Min­is­ter of Tex­tiles, Smt Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani at Hall No 12A, Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi along with Smt Rashmi Verma, IAS, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Shri Subrata Gupta, IAS, Joint Sec­re­tary (Ex­ports), Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Shri Ashok G Ra­jani, Chair­man, AEPC, Shri H KL Magu, Vice Chair­man, AEPC, Shri Ram Singh, IPS, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, AEPC, Shri Lalit Thukral, Chair­man (EAC), AEPC, and Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers of the Coun­cil.

The Hon’ble Union Min­is­ter of Tex­tiles also un­veiled the plaque of the next Fair—the 59th IIGF—to be held in July, 2017 and handed the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the next IIGF to Shri Ashok G Ra­jani, Chair­man, AEPC.

Speak­ing at the In­au­gu­ra­tion, Smt Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani said, “Fes­tiv­ity in terms of trade had be­gun un­der the aegis of the AEPC, which is or­gan­is­ing its 58th IIGF. I con­grat­u­late the par­tic­i­pants who have come here with a lot of hope, pre­sent­ing their ta­lent to the rest of the world. My hope is that the AEPC, through these en­deav­ours goes from strength to strength. Small and medium en­ter­prises, which are new in the world of ex­ports, use these plat­forms

which are com­par­a­tively cost-ef­fec­tive.”

The next speaker, Mr Ashok G Ra­jani, Chair­man, AEPC, said, “In­dia’s RMG ex­port to World dur­ing April-De­cem­ber of 201617 wit­nessed a de­cline of 0.2 per cent, as com­pared to the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year. The mar­ket sen­ti­ments have been af­fected due to de­lays in the roll out of the spe­cial pack­age which was an­nounced for the ap­parel sec­tor in June, 2016; and also due to stag­na­tion in the Europe and US mar­kets.” After the in­au­gu­ral func­tion, all the dig­ni­taries present vis­ited the stalls at the Fair.

On the sec­ond day of the 58th IIGF, Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State for Tex­tiles, pre­sented the Best Dis­play Awards in the pres­ence of Shri HK L Magu, Shri Ram Singh, IPS and Shri Lalit Thukral. The Award was given to the Best Dis­played stalls se­lected by the Jury Mem­bers be­fore the first day’s fash­ion show. Smt Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani then ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and in­formed the peo­ple that the Gov­ern­ment will whole­heart­edly sup­port the gar­ment ex­port in­dus­try to in­crease ex­ports from In­dia, thereby gen­er­at­ing em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to the afore­men­tioned guests, Shri Puneet Ag­gar­wal, IAS, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tex­tiles and Shri Subrata Gupta, IAS, Joint Sec­re­tary (Ex­ports), Min­istry of Tex­tiles, also vis­ited the Fair on its third day.

At the 58th IIGF, the AEPC had built a Trend Pavilion to show­case the ‘Trends in Ap­parel for Spring/Sum­mer 2018’. The ob­jec­tive of the Trend Pavilion was to ben­e­fit ex­porters and equip them to de­sign for the next sea­son. The Pavilion also show­cased Emerg­ing Mar­kets, AEPC Aware­ness Ini­tia­tives, AEPC Clus­ter De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tives, March­ing For­ward with In­no­va­tion and the In­dian Ap­parel Sus­tain­abil­ity Land­scape.

The AEPC, un­der the aegis of the Min­istry of Tex­tiles, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, has been con­duct­ing this Fair for the last thirty years with re­sound­ing suc­cess. The Fair has been grow­ing and flour­ish­ing from year to year and forms the ba­sis for sourc­ing plans of all the ma­jor brands in the world of fash­ion and ac­ces­sories.

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