NEW DELHI: The 22nd AEPC Export Awards 2016-17, were held at a glittering ceremony in Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi on 18 December. The awards recognized the top achievers of the Apparel Industry across a wide range of KPI’s and rewarded the best performers in total 18 categories.
Present at the award ceremony were Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles and Information & Broadcasting, Mr Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aaayog and Chairman AEPC, Mr Ashok Rajani along with the leading garment exporters of the Country, AEPC officials and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry said, “The Commerce Ministry is working on an end to end comprehensive strategy where we are looking to provide Industry, new markets through bilateral and multilateral dialogues. To support exports, a plan is underway for creating an umbrella organisation which can address the issues faced by the exporters. We are currently working on reducing the time to markets by removing the bottlenecks prevailing in the logistics.”
Commenting on the issues, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aaayog said, “Niti Aayog accords a great importance to the textile and apparel sector because the Industry plays a vital role in delivering economic development. The sector is one of the most promising sector. In the proposed India -EU FTA, India may compromise for wine and push for textiles. The import tariff on man-made fibre has been a strategically wrong policy. India needs a fibre neutral GST rates and zero tolerance between payment and refund of taxes.”
Congratulating the award winners, Mr Ashok Rajani, Chairman Apparel Export Promotion Council said, “AEPC Export awards are the most prestigious awards in the Indian apparel Industry which amply demonstrates the excellence of Indian Apparel Industry. The Indian textile Industry has inherent linkage with agriculture and with the culture and traditions of the Country. The Industry contributes to 10% of manufacturing production, 2% of India’s GDP and upto 13% of the country’s export earnings. With over 45 million employed directly, it is one of the largest sources of employment generation in the Country. The Industry has been able to respond positively to the global challenges due to the incorporation of good practices in the manufacturing processes and the awards recognizes the best performers of the apparel Industry. I would like to congratulate the winners for emerging as the best in their respective categories.”