High powered Indian textile delegation here

The biggest ever textile industry delegation from India arrived last night. The high level textile delegation is here to strengthen the promising textile trade between the two countries and incorporates both high ranking government officials and reps from the Indian private sector, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said yesterday.

In 2011, Sri Lanka exported $ 50 Mn of garments, woven fabrics and other textiles to India. Lanka’s "garment exports" to India alone was $ 25.56 Mn in 2011 and garments were Sri Lanka’s fifth export item to India. India therefore is ranked at 14th as for the international marketwise distribution destination for our 2011 garment exports, which totalled $ 3986 Mn last year across 40 countries.

Among the high ranking Indian textile officials are Ms. Kiran Dhingra (Secretary, Ministry of Textiles), V. Srinivas (Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Textiles), Ms. Sunaina Tomar (Joint Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Textiles) and J.P. Dutt (Under Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Textiles). Among the top apparel exporters coming are Lalit Gulati (Modelama Exports Ltd, India’s leading manufacturer & exporter of Readymade garments), Sudhir Sekri (Chairman, Export Promotion- AEPC and the diversified group Trendsetters Ltd) , apparel exporter and founder of Yo!China Ltd), and Virendra Uppal (Chairman AEPC and $ 84 Mn turnover Richa Group).

Other Indian private sector apparel producers and entities in the delegation are Mafatlala Denim Ltd, Texprocil, Sri Gomathy Mills Pvt Ltd, AEPC, Cotton Textiles Export Council (TEXPROCIL), and Powerloom Development and Export Promotion Council.

The delegation is scheduled to return to India on 21 September.

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