WBGMDA: 46th Garment Buyers and Sellers Meet
A report on the 3-day garment’s buyers and sellers meet organized by the West Bengal Garment Manufacturers and Dealers Association.
A report on the 3-day garment’s buyers and sellers meet organized by the West Bengal Garment Manufacturers and Dealers Association in July from 27th to 29th, 2018
Athree-day long mega garment buyers and sellers meet was organised by the West Bengal Garment Manufacturers and Dealers Association, in July from 27th to
29th, 2018 at the Hotel Peerless Inn (Kolkata) primarily to help garment manufacturers to interact with the all-India buyers and market their products before the festive season.
Sitaram Sharma, President, Bharat Chamber of Commerce inaugurated the garment buyers and sellers meet. Stalwarts in the readymade garment industry and noted industrialists and social workers graced the occasion. A meet guide was also released by the association at the event.
In the welcome address, Hari Kishan Rathi, President of the Association, stated that the burning problem of the readymade garment industry is the introduction of e-way bill for intra-state movement of yarn, fabrics and garment materials above `1 lakh for job work and services. The restriction of value is a matter of concern. It should be irrespective of value and unrestricted movement of such material within the state.
Rathi further said that most of the job workers though skilled, are uneducated and it is impossible for them to generate computerised E-Way Bill. He urged the Bharat Chamber of Commerce to take up the matter with right earnest from Chamber level with the authorities concerned and see that intra-state movement of garment and hosiery material for job work and services is not hampered because of value restriction.
Rathi stated that in the export front, while India is struggling with the problems of decline in exports of readymade garments and textile items, countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam are showing growth. Export of apparel from Eastern India is limited to only a meagre amount around
`1,300 crores, against all India RMG Export of `116,381.24 crores which is USD17.337 billion in dollar terms in 2016-17, whereas a small country of slightly larger than West Bengal in size, Bangladesh, was aiming at doubling garment exports to USD18 billion in next three years. “We must introspect as to why we are lagging behind? We in the industry, in the Textile Ministry, AEPC must find out the causes and solutions at the earliest. We can procrastinate much to the deterioration of our own prospects in this field,”
Inaugurating the 46th Meet, Sitaram Sharma, President, Bharat Chamber of Commerce, stated that the textile has played an important role in the social, cultural, and economic life of the people globally and it is a matter of pride that India has an overwhelming presence in textiles from fibre to readymade garments. “The sector’s importance in the economy is evident from its contributions to GDP, industrial production, export earnings and employment. The contributions of entrepreneurs in our State, in the textile sector, the MSMEs, in particular, are also very significant,” he stated.
Sharma expressed that the business community was now facing another set of challenges of the new economic outlook of our country. They faced demonetization and the hurried implementation of GST. “Beside inflation and rising wages are the main factors for our survival in real terms in the near future. It is however, a matter of pride for us that while the global economic growth, is now projected at 3 to 3.5 per cent, India’s GDP growth for 2018-19 is projected at 7 to 7.5 percent.” Cautioning against being complacent, Sharma stated that the industry and trade have to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of new technologies. The entire textile industry from manufacturing to retail, now requires constant infusion of various technologies that are emerging with the advancement in materials science related to fibre. Innovations in design have facilitated the emergence of smart wear, and developments in 3D garment design technology and 3D printing have noticeably reduced the average time it takes from design to manufacturing. Further, AI has allowed the industry to react to consumer needs in real time. He emphasised that we need to acquaint ourselves with the growing trend of industry 4.0, under the guidance of NIFT and AEPC. Sharma informed that the Central Government has allocated an outlay of `7,148 crore for the textile sector in 2018-19 as against `6,000 crore in 2017-18. Additional support in terms of labour reforms, like PF contribution exemptions, etc have also been extended particularly for the development of the sector. Beside, the pro-active role of the State Government in terms of extending structured incentives through the textile policy is very attractive for the entrepreneurs. There is, therefore, an urgent need to create further awareness about the benefits of the policies. Sharma stated that one of the sources of our strength in the textile sector is our human skill.
We have to nurture these skills through Skill Development Programmes, because the next generation of skilled people may not be interested to take up their ancestral skills. Large garment manufacturers who have the advantage of higher productivity because of advanced and automatic technology have to pay attention to this because hand-made workmanship has another dimension of value addition. The cluster-based production would help to meet the challenges in this direction. Sharma commented that the recent trend of growing diversity and expertise in the fashion and textile field has naturally led to greater interdisciplinary collaboration. Because consumers’ lifestyles have changed over time regard to fashion and beauty, R&D on value-added functional textile is very crucial. New types of fibres called smart fibre are being more and more used by the garment industry in the advanced countries. The indigenous manufacturers need to pay attention in this regard also.
Sharma further stated that West
Bengal has been a pioneer in imparting formal education in the textile sector and has one of the oldest colleges for textile technology at Serampore. “We need to collaborate and develop skill development centres to help our graduates to become more employable. WBGMDA may therefore consider to open a cell for entrepreneurship programme in partnership with NIFT.” Sharma also said that In today’s world tracking of the value chain has become a normal feature and to attract the foreign buyers, and big retail houses, there is a need for a development of high-functional and eco-friendly textile materials. The association has a pool of experts. A help desk may be constituted to guide and motivate the members, Sharma suggested.