Viá»‡tnam is one of the five biggest exporters in the world with exports of US$28.5 billion last year. But to achieve this, the country imports large volumes of feedstock including yarn, fabric and others, said Nguyá»…n Thá»‹ Tuyáº¿t Mai, deputy general secretary of Viá»‡tnam Textile and Garment Association (VITAS).
However, the Vietnamese textile and garment industry needs to diversify its raw material import sources if it wants to develop.
Depending on one or two sources will limit manufacturersâ€™ production capacity and development. Seeking new sources is necessary for the industry to lessen its dependence on traditional sources in ASEAN and China.
Members of VITAS and the HCM City Association of Garments, Textiles, Embroidery and Knitting (AGTEK) agreed that India is one of the best alternative choices.
Pháº¡m XuÃ¢n Há»“ng, chairman of AGTEK, said that many Vietnamese garmen companies have visited India to explore co-operation opportunities and returned impressed with the countryâ€™s garment and textile industry. Many raw materials available in India fit their needs.
For a long time, Viá»‡t Nam has imported garment and textile raw materials from China. It is now time to upgrade technologies as well as have more raw material sources.
Mai said that establishing co-operation with India is a good idea as Indian products have good quality and prices thanks to the free trade agreement signed between India and ASEAN.
Furthermore, garment and textile is among the products on which India would cut taxes in future. This is an opportunity for Vietnamese to find a new raw material source.
The Indian consulate in HCM City has promised strong support for Vietnamese companies seeking to tie up with their Indian counterparts.
The two governments have put garment and textile in the priority list for further development. The exhibition would enable the Vietnamese companies to study the Indian garment and textile industry closely and identify new raw material sources.
It hoped a large Vietnamese delegation would attend the 2017 Textile India, a garment and textile exhibition in Ahmedabad, India where they could find all the products they need from yarn and fibre and cotton.
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