The US $ 17 billion Indian apparel export industry, struggling to survive, needs to improve a lot on skill development, quality, efficiency and sustainability.
Keeping all this in focus, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and International Labour Organization (ILO) today launched the Compendium of Good Management Practices (GMP) in New Delhi.
The Compendium was launched by senior officials of AEPC and ILO with senior bureaucrats and brands’ representatives. Many exporters and midlevel professionals were present on this occasion.
HKL Magu, Chairman, AEPC and Dagmar Walter, Director, ILO shared that their joint efforts will definitely benefit the industry.
Appreciating the efforts of AEPC and ILO, Ravi Capoor, Secretary (Textiles), Ministry of Textiles urged the apparel industry to improve productivity and focus on highly value-added garments.
Ajay Shankar, Former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) who has been instrumental in launching this Compendium insisted that workers’ colonies should be near the factories so that it would help them save their commuting time. Besides, it would cause less fatigue thereby improving their productivity.
In addition to launching of Compendium, there was a seminar on ‘Enabling Competitiveness in Apparel Sector’ in which Sudhir Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises; Sudhir Kumar, Adviser, NITI Aayog; Anant Ahuja, CEO, Good Business Lab (Shahi Exports); Siva Ganapati, MD, Gokaldas Exports Ltd.; Nitin Aggarwal, Group Head (HRM&PA), National Productivity Council; Bhavna Saxena, Special Commissioner, APEDB, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh; Virender Goyal, CMD, Alpos (Former MD, Epic Group); Indra Guha, Partner, TTC Global and Ankit Singhal, Associate Director, PWC shared their interesting practices, observations and suggestions to improve the Indian apparel industry.
For detailed analysis of GMP and extensive coverage of this interesting seminar, please see upcoming issue of Apparel Online India magazine.