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New Delhi:- In the collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), ‘Aap Ki Baat’ Programme run under Abhilasha Productions, successfully organized the second session of INSIGHT 8.0 Webinar on Apparel Industry. The topic of the webinar was “Is India ready to lead the World Apparel business post COVID-19?” which was attended by various esteemed speakers, both nationally and globally. Dr. Roopak Vasishtha, CEO & Director General, Apparel Made-ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC), Dr. A Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and Mr. Greg Ruggles, President, CEO for Multiple Product Companies were the panelists for INSIGHT 8.0. The entire webinar was moderated by Mr. Abraham Kumar (COO and President, ProtaTECH Inc.).Apart from different cities of India, people from other countries including USA, UK also participated in this webinar.

The speakers gave a picture of a better future in this webinar after the situation caused by COVID-19. Dr. A Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council said that this COVID crisis has turned into an opportunity for India in the apparel sector. We are proud to say we have manufactured N-95 masks, 8 lakh PPE kits and non-medical masks. Today, we are in the second position in the world to manufacture medical textiles.India has rapidly emerged on the world map as a medical textile exporter. In the initial phase, the apparel sector faced problems due to cancellation of orders, but the situation is back on track. At the same time, due to coronavirus, multinational companies want to come to India out of China. Because of this, India can fulfill the market demand of Europe, Australia and America, which will open new dimensions for India and the country will get multi-million dollar business.Apart from this, the local apparel manufacturer is also likely to benefit from the Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign of the Government of India.

Dr. RoopakVasishtha, CEO & Director General, AMHSSC said that we are predominantly responsible to provide skilled manpower in the apparel sector. Till now, we have skilled and employed 1.2 million persons in various Apparel Industries across India and the work is still going on in this direction. He added that we also upskill and reskill the existing workforce in the apparel industry through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Scheme. The council is trying to identify the migrant workforces that have gone back to their native places and is looking to skill and certify them with the government’s skill certification scheme. We are trying our best to provide skilled manpower to the apparel industry.

In this International Webinar, Mr. Greg Ruggles, President, CEO for Multiple Product Companies said that due to differences between the US and China, apparel companies are finding options to move from China to other countries. There is the ability to manufacture different types of fabric in India. The online business has given an international platform from small retailer to apparel manufacturer.

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