ICAHT (International Conference on Apparel and Home Textiles) will be held in New Delhi on September 8, 2018. The theme of the event is 'Creation of ten million jobs in Apparel sector'. It is a cross-disciplinary event and the idea is to explore creativity and the creative process through the lenses of imagination and innovation. It provides an environment for academics, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and recent developments in the field of apparel manufacturing. The conference is also expected to foster networking, collaboration and joint effort among conference participants to advance the theory and practice as well as to identify major trends in apparel manufacturing.
Workshops are a special feature of ICAHT. These have been found extremely beneficial to the industry in terms of specific skill upgradation and creation of general awareness and helping the move toward a knowledge economy. Each year India has dipped further behind both competitors and its own previous performance due to no or low capacity building and the lack of a liberal import policy regime for apparel exports. From a peak in 2005, year-on-year market share percentage change has not moved upwards.
But high labor costs in China and low compliance standards in Bangladesh are again providing an opportunity. About 12 million young people in India enter the workforce annually. If the size of India’s garment sector is doubled another 10 million jobs can be created.