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Indian apparel exporters spotlight sustainability at IATF Dubai


More than 35 Indian apparel exporters, primarily representing the MSME sector, are actively participating in the 17th edition of the International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF) in Dubai. Under the guidance of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), these exhibitors are dedicated to showcasing India's top-tier apparel designs in alignment with modern fashion preferences. 

The event highlights a wide range of garments crafted from traditional cotton and man-made fibers (MMF), placing a significant emphasis on sustainability and promoting women entrepreneurship. This focus resonates with the UAE's designation of 2024 as the "Year of Sustainability," emphasizing the industry's commitment to eco-friendly practices and innovation.

Saurah Kumar, AEPC's General Manager, highlighted the deliberate inclusion of more women entrepreneurs and sustainability-driven companies this year. Indian exporters are enthusiastic about demonstrating their dedication to eco-friendly practices and innovative solutions that mitigate the fashion industry’s environmental impact.

Benefiting from duty-free access to the UAE market via the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), Indian exporters are eyeing expansion, especially in the MENA region. The Indian Pavilion's inauguration by Consul General of India at Dubai, Satish Kumar Sivan, marked the event's commencement on May 20, concluding on May 22. AEPC, pivotal in policy advocacy and scheme formulation like production-linked incentives and RoSCTL, supports the Indian apparel industry's growth.

In the previous fiscal year, India's apparel exports surged to $16 billion, highlighting its robust presence in the global market. Notably, exports to the UAE accounted for $983 million, capturing a significant 15.8 per cent share of the country's garment imports. 

The International Apparel and Textile Fair (IATF) Dubai, hosting over 400 exhibitors from 24 nations, stands as a key B2B fashion sourcing event in the MENA region. Positioned as a leader in sustainability, the Indian contingent at IATF Dubai leverages its rich textile heritage and commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing practices to attract discerning global buyers.



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