Vietnam and India enhance co-operation in the silk sector

A delegation of business executives representing 30 Indian companies led by the chairman of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council met their Vietnamese counterparts at the Buyer-Seller meet held in HCM City.

The visitors were from companies producing silk, fabrics, ready-made garments, silk scarves, stoles, Pareo shawls evening wear, beachwear, fashion accessories, tops, bottoms, trousers, jackets, kaftans, bags, embroidered shawls, silk blended products, natural silk carpets, and others.

Dr. Bimal Mawandia, chairman of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council, said: “India is promoting exports of all textiles. We are presenting the silk sector in India and as per the guidance of the Government of India, we want to increase exports and we are exploring different markets worldwide. We come here to promote the export of not only silk but also other fibers in this market.” The trip was the first to Vietnam for all of the participating companies, he said.

Pham Xuân Hong, chairman of the HCM City Association of Garment Textile Embroidery-Knitting, said trade relations between Vietnam and India in the garment and textile sector had increased significantly but was still modest compared to the potential of the two countries.

The event is expected to enhance the connection between businesses of the two sides in the sector, where there is still a lot of potentials, he said. “Vietnamese garment and textile companies want to have stronger co-operation with Indian counterparts. They have a high demand for importing raw materials from India.”

According to the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, there are 7,000 enterprises in the industry, providing jobs for three million workers in the country. Vietnam’s garment and textile exports increased by 12% last year to reach over US$36 billion and exports are expected to top $40 billion this year. A similar buyer and seller meeting was held in Hà Noi on May 23.


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