In order to promote Indian textiles abroad, the southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) will organise trade fairs in various overseas destinations, according to a fibre2fashion report. The project, titled: ‘SGCCI International’ is aiming at getting international recognition to SGCCI and to further promote textiles and other products globally, noted the report.
'Normally, we organise exhibitions in Surat, but now we are planning to conduct exhibitions abroad', Paresh Patel, SGCCI President, told portal. SGCCI has short-listed three destinations such as Johannesburg in South Africa, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Bangkok in Thailand to hold its exhibitions. 'We plan to organise trade fairs between September to November this year and the tentative dates have already been decided. The trade fairs will focus on all sectors, including textiles,' Patel informed.
For the textile sector, SGCCI is also planning to set up an international textile fabrics library at Surat. 'We will be getting fabrics from all over the world to Surat. Last year, we had 27 delegations visiting Surat and we requested all the business people as well as High Commissioners and diplomats of various countries to promote this project', the official revealed.
'The international textiles fabrics library will help promote business as Surat is a hub for the man-made fibre (MMF) industry. SGCCI has an alliance with Man Made Textiles Research Association (MANTRA), which will enable us to know the structure of the fabric, ‘Patel pointed out.
“SGCCI also has partnership with the Association of Dyeing and Printing. What is more, it will enable us to use the process technology and use the designs. For instance, in Africa, the fabrics have very colorful prints. Our collaboration will enable us to develop a similar print and on the same type of fabric. Furthermore, the manufacturers can have all the samples ready when they make a business visit to Africa", Patel added.