The Indian apparel export industry, which is currently struggling to survive, can grow up to 10 per cent in post COVID-19 scenario. At least that’s what industry stalwarts feel.
Virender Uppal, Chairman, Apparel Made-Ups Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMH SSC) and well-known export house Richa Global Exports, Gurgaon is of the view, “Not only India, even China and Bangladesh are also struggling on the same front. In such a scenario, the most important question is that will India get any share of China’s apparel export.”
He added “What I see is a temporary setback to apparel trade but post normalisation, this could result in big gains for the Indian apparel and textile industry. Once things get stabilised, Indian apparel export should grow at least 10 per cent.”
Virender Uppal, who is also Ex-Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), further said that industry should gear up with measures to skill manpower so as to cope up with the increased demand.
As Indian apparel export is stagnant, the ray of hope is that India can export fashion masks worth US $ 1 billion in the next few months, which is a new product category for Indian apparel exporters. Once the Government allows export of PPE, it can also be a big gain for Indian companies.
During 2019-20, India’s apparel export was expected to be around Rs. 1,21,986 crore, but now due to pandemic, earlier orders have also been either cancelled or postponed for FY’21. So it can be expected that the export might be around one lakh crore.
Dr. Roopak Vasishtha, CEO & DG, AMH SSC, shared that AMH SSC is spearheading en masse skilling in apparel job roles so that when the demand grows, the country must have skilled hands.
AMH SSC is the leading sector skill council, which aims to empower people by skilling in apparel, made-ups and home furnishing sectors across the country.