China’s Wenzhou looks to establish footwear park in UP
The industrial town of Wenzhou recently signed an MOU with the UP govt for economic cooperation. Wenzhou, an autonomous Chinese municipality near the East China Sea, is keen to set up a leather and footwear components park in Uttar Pradesh (UP ). A port and industrial city in China’s Zhejiang province, Wenzhou is known for its industrial clusters and parks. “Wenzhou wishes to establish a footwear components park in Central UP . The exact location is yet to be explored but it could possibly be located in Lucknow, Unnao or Hardoi districts,” Councilfor Leather Exports (CLE) regional chairman and leather goods manufacturer Javed Iqbal. Wenzhou’s officials have invited the UP chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to participate in the ‘China-india (Wenzhou) Dialogue on Leather Industry Capacity Cooperation’ to explore business tiesbetween the two countries.
Apart from the chief secretary, UP Principal Secretary (industrial and infrastructure development) Alok Sinha and two footwear and leather industrialists, including Iqbal, had been invited tothe conference, which was scheduled on June 19 in Wenzhou. Iqbal said that the seminar was to presentan excellent opportunity for Indian companies, including from Kanpur, toshowcase investment opportunities in UP, especially in footwear manufacturing and components technology. “In the backdrop of the constraintson supply of rawhide in UP following the closure of unregistered slaughter houses in UP, the proposed park has the potential to help the beleaguered leather goods manufacturers in Kanpur and neighbouring districts seek other avenues to stay afloat,” he said, adding that he would be travelling to China for the conference. Wenzhou ranks among China’s most progressive municipalities to open up to the outside world in search ofbusiness ties and two-way investments. It supports a thriving industrial atmosphere spanning different segments and has several industrial clusters, including leather, shoes, garment, electrical equipment, automobiles,