“Visit of Minister of Textiles to Sydney”

Press Release

Mr. Shankersinh Vaghela, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles of the Government of India, led a high-profile delegation to Australia from 1-5 July, 2007. The delegation included the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts and the Chairman of the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. The Minister addressed seminars in Melbourne and Sydney organised by the Australia India Business Council on “Brand Image Promotion of Indian Handicrafts & Carpets (including Giftware)”. The events provided an opportunity to the Hon’ble Minister and his delegation to interact with Australian buyers, importers and wholesalers.

L-R.seated: Textiles Minister Mr. Shankersinh Vaghela, Consul General Mr Sujan Chinoy, Addl. Secretary (Textiles) Mr S.Behuria and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Mr. S.Agarwal. Standing- President AIBC Mr Monteiro.

In his introductory remarks at the Seminar in Sydney, the Consul General of India in Sydney, Mr Sujan Chinoy, welcomed Minister Vaghela and introduced him as one of India’s senior-most and experienced parliamentarians who had held important posts both in the Union Government as well as at the state level as Chief Minister of Gujarat. The Consul General said that the Indian economy was growing at over 9% p.a, and the Indian Government was seeking to increase India’s share in the world textile trade from the current 4 per cent to 8 per cent by 2010 in order to achieve an export target of US$ 50 billion by 2010 as well as to create 12 million new jobs in the textile sector. He said the Government was supporting modernisation and consolidation of the sector to create a globally competitive textile industry.

In his keynote address, the Minister stressed the importance of the Indian Textile Industry which accounts for 4% of India’s GDP employing around 35 million persons and contribute to17% of the total export earnings. He said that Handicrafts segment was the flagship of the Textile Sector. The Handicrafts sector alone contributed US$ 4.3 billion to exports, providing employment to over 6.5 million artisans of which 50% were women. India’s handicrafts are being marketed by all major department and chain stores in the developed economies of the world. The Minister said that India was aware of the potential in the Australian market and its growth. He said that India would welcome support from business, trade and import houses in Australia to work closely with the handicraft sector, with a long-term commitment for sustained sourcing from India. He said that his Ministry had geared itself up to provide support to such initiatives and assured Australian importers of the fullest cooperation in this regard.

During his visit to Sydney, the Minister also met Mr. Ian MacDonald , NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Energy, Mineral Resources and State Development. He apprised Mr. Macdonald of the thrust and focus of Government of India’s economic policies, particularly with regard to exports of Indian handicrafts, carpets and giftware.


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