A Fair to Re­mem­ber: The 60th IIGF

The 60th Edi­tion of the In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair, show­cas­ing the Au­tumn/ Win­ter Col­lec­tion for the In­ter­na­tional Markets and held at Pra­gati Maidan, was In­au­gu­rated by Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State for Tex­tiles, Govt of In­dia. Ap­parel

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A re­port on the 60th In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair, held at New Delhi

Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State (MoS) for Tex­tiles in­au­gu­rated the 60th edi­tion of IIGF at Pra­gati Maidan. Or­gan­ised at Hall Nos 11, 12 & 12A at Pra­gati Maidan, the three-day in­ter­na­tional fair pri­mar­ily cov­ered the Au­tumn/Win­ter sea­son of Euro­pean Union, USA and other Western markets. A to­tal of 294 ex­porters from 11 states namely Gu­jarat, Haryana, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Mad­hya Pradesh, New Delhi, Ra­jasthan, Tamil Nadu, Te­lan­gana, Ut­tar Pradesh and West Ben­gal, par­tic­i­pated in the fair along with 2000 buy­ers and buy­ing houses.

In his ad­dress, Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State for Tex­tiles said, “IIGF is a big plat­form which brings to­gether the over­seas gar­ment buy­ers and gar­ment ex­porters, with al­most half of the In­dian states par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fair. The gar­ment sec­tor is one of the largest em­ploy­ment providers and is help­ing a large num­ber of peo­ple to earn their liveli­hoods. The ap­parel In­dus­try is go­ing through a chal­leng­ing phase and to ad­dress the con­cerns of the In­dus­try, a com­mit­tee has been formed by the Govern­ment to look into the is­sues raised by the In­dus­try."

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Mr H K L Magu, Chair­man, Ap­parel Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, said, “I feel happy to note the huge trans­for­ma­tion that the Fair and the in­dus­try has wit­nessed in th­ese years. The Fair has grown in scale and scope and emerged as the one of the largest and most pop­u­lar plat­forms in Asia where over­seas gar­ment buy­ers can source and forge the busi­ness re­la­tion­ship with In­dia’s finest in the Ap­parel and Fash­ion Ac­ces­sories do­main. This time, the fair is hap­pen­ing at a time when the In­dus­try is fac­ing lot of chal­lenges both do­mes­ti­cally and glob­ally. The post GST trans­for­ma­tion for the in­dus­try has been chal­leng­ing, but I am sure the in­dus­try will show the re­silience it has shown in the past, and emerge stronger.”

A to­tal of 294 par­tic­i­pants show­cased wom­enswear, ac­ces­sories, kids wear and menswear. In­ter­na­tional buy­ers from 95 coun­tries like Brazil, Spain, Japan, Uruguay, UK, Hong Kong, US, etc, also reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate in the fair.

IIGF also or­gan­ised fash­ion shows, twice a day, on all three days for ex­hibit­ing the col­lec­tions for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Be­sides this, the best dis­played stalls were awarded Gold, Sil­ver and Bronze Tro­phies in an award func­tion.

In­dia In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair is a B2B fair started in 1988. The fair was or­gan­ised in as­so­ci­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Gar­ment Fair As­so­ci­a­tion and four ma­jor Gar­ment Ex­porters' As­so­ci­a­tions viz. Ap­parel Ex­porters & Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (AEMA), Gar­ment Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (GEA), The Cloth­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (CMAI) and Gar­ment Ex­porters of Ra­jasthan (GEAR). This is ex­clu­sively a B2B fair and is meant for con­duct­ing mean­ing­ful and qual­ity busi­ness.

On this oc­ca­sion, an IIGF fair guide was also un­veiled by the Hon’ble Min­is­ter of State (MoS) for Tex­tiles, S hr iA jay Tamta along with Mr H KL Magu, Chair­man, AEPC, Mr Lalit Thukral, Chair­man, Ex­hi­bi­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, IIGF and Mr Rahul Me­hta Pres­i­dent, CMAI. The event ended with clos­ing re­marks and a vote of thanks by Mr Rahul Me­hta, Pres­i­dent, CMAI.

EX­HIBITOR STATIS­TICS

There were 214 par­tic­i­pants show­cas­ing wom­enswear (72.78 per cent), 35 show­cas­ing ac­ces­sories (11.90 per cent), 13 show­cas­ing kids wear (4.42 per cent) and 19 show­cas­ing menswear (6.46 per cent) and 13 par­tic­i­pants from fash­ion pub­lish­ers, fair au­thor­i­ties, etc.

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