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.
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.