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Free trade agreements (FTAs) with the developed world an important agenda of Modi government: Shri Goyal

Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal said that Textile Industry has a big role to play in making Free Trade Agreements a success. Delivering the Keynote address at the 10th Asian Textiles Conference TEXCON  on the theme- ‘Reimagining the Textile and Apparel Industry for the next Decade’, he said that FTAs with Developed Countries is high on the agenda of Modi Government.

Shri Goyal said that  innovation is going to be the defining feature in India’s march towards becoming a Developed Nation. He highlighted the role of innovation across all value chains in the Textile sector and also urged the Textile sector to focus on recycling and digitization. He said if the industry focuses on innovation, sustainability, digitisation, newer products and utilisation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), it can grow fast and compete with the best in the world.


Speaking on sustainability, Shri Goyal said that textiles sector can reduce the pressure on the environment by using reusable resources as well as reduce its own production costs.

Shri Piyush Goyal said that digitisation is another area which can help optimise the entire value chain in the sector. He expressed satisfaction at the fact that the industry captains are talking about digitisation. In current era of information technology, every industry is benefitting from new technologies like blockchain and more. He suggested that the industry should think about high quality products and elementary products like zip and embellishments, which the Indian textile industry imports at present.

 The Minister  said that the industry is now benefitting greatly from the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shri Goyal said that as we complete 75 years of independence, we can take pride in achievements of Textiles sector over 75 years.

Referring to PM’s independence speech where he referred to  Panch Pran of  Goal of Developed India; Remove Colonial Mindset,   Take Pride in Roots;  Unity and Sense of Duty, the Minister said, “Every citizen has a role to play with collective energy and collective  commitment and  the  resolve of 1.3 billion people will help us achieve the five commiments articulated by the Prime Minister.

Complementing Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, CITI, for bringing together all stakeholders of the Textiles value chain on one platform , the Minister said that the theme, ‘Reimagining the Textile and Apparel Industry for the Next Decade’ is very appropriate, specially with Indian textile exports aiming to reach the target of $100 billion by 2030. He appreciated the forward looking approach of the 10th edition of the Asian Textile Conference.

CITI and Egyptian Cotton also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the presence of the Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal. Both the industry bodies will work together for mutual benefits.


Minister of State for Textiles, Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh in her address, urged the captains of the Indian textile and apparel industry to prepare themselves  to face the challenges of structural shift in the global textile market.

In his address, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Shri Upendra Prasad Singh, said that every industry and sector in India must play a role in achieving the target of becoming a developed nation in the next 25 years as per the vision of the Prime Minister. He said that the Indian textile industry has the strength to expand in the global market as it has a complete value chain. The government is working proactively to address the current problems of the industry, he added.

T. Rajkumar, chairman of the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) in his welcome address said that the global textile industry is witnessing a reshuffle of the entire supply chain including the countries from which apparel is sourced. Terms like ‘China Plus One’, re-shoring, onshoring, etc are being commonly heard in interactions across the textile value chain. He said that the value of global textile and apparel exports stood at $828 billion in 2021, registering a growth of 8 per cent over $770 billion in the previous year.

The share of textile, apparel and handicrafts in India’s total exports was 10.62 per cent in 2021-22. In addition to being the largest producer of cotton and jute, India is the second largest producer of silk. The technical textiles segment too has an estimated 9-11 per cent share in the global market.



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Hong Kong strengthens trade relations with Japan through MoU with Aomori Prefectural Government

As the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt by economies across the globe, Hong Kong looks to strengthen economic relations with its key trade partners. Today, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Aomori Prefectural Government of Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on mutual cooperation in promoting economic exchange. The signing occurred during the Food Expo 2022, a flagship event organised by the HKTDC.

HKTDC, represented by Executive Director Margaret Fong (L), and Aomori Prefecture, Japan, represented by Governor Shingo Mimura (R), signed a MoU at the HKTDC Food Expo, Hong Kong’s flagship event organised by the HKTDC.

Japan was Hong Kong’s 6th largest trading partner in 2021, with total merchandise trade amounting to about HK$390 billion. In 2021, Hong Kong’s domestic export of goods to Japan totalled HK$666 million, while Hong Kong imported about HK$271 billion worth of goods from Japan. Commanding a vast coastline with an abundance of marine life, Aomori Prefecture in Japan’s Tohoku region boasts a flourishing aquaculture industry. It is also known for its well-developed forestry and agricultural industries thanks to its rich natural environment.

The HKTDC and Aomori Prefectural Government will engage in a variety of exchange programs, including business meetings, seminars and trade fairs, to extend economic cooperation. The MoU will not only facilitate economic exchange, but also create opportunities for businesses in Hong Kong and Aomori Prefecture. With businesses looking to recover from the pandemic, the MoU enables them to capture these opportunities, tap into new markets and expand operations.

HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong said, “The HKTDC today signs into effect a Memorandum of Understanding on economic collaboration with the Aomori Prefectural Government of Japan. I hope that through carrying out economic exchange programs, including business missions, seminars and trade fairs, we can expand trade and investment, cement our business ties and drive economic growth in Hong Kong and Aomori Prefecture. Strong bilateral economic relationships are critical to the stability of today’s global economy, and the HKTDC is pleased to engage with the Aomori Prefecture Government to further economic exchange.”

Shingo Mimura, Governor of the Aomori Prefectural Government, added, “While Hong Kong is the main export destination for the world-renowned Aomori apple, its people also enjoy our beautiful landscapes created by the four seasons, our festivals, fresh food and hot springs. Over the years, they have built a close relationship with Aomori. The Aomori Prefecture Government is committed to promoting agriculture, forestry, and aquatic products for export and attracting tourists. We will continue to devote our efforts to strengthening the trade relations between the two places. With HKTDC’s platform, we hope to promote our hidden gems and gourmet cuisine to those in Hong Kong who love Japanese food and culture.”

The HKTDC Food Expo (11-15 August) is being held concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Tea Fair, HKTDC Home Delights Expo and HKTDC Beauty & Wellness Expo at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), featuring more than 1,000 exhibitors. A regional pavilion for the Aomori Prefecture showcases its local specialities.

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The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

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Esports Trade Association to Hold Fourth Annual EsportsNext Conference; August 21-23 in Chicago, Illinois

 Registration is open for the 2022 EsportsNext Conference. Leaders in the esports industry, teams, brands, business professionals, and league organizers will meet at the Hyatt Centric Chicago on the Magnificent Mile—633 North Saint Clair Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States – from August 21 to the 23.

EsportsNext is presented by the Esports Trade Association, led by Board Chair John Davidson. The conference includes compelling panels and speakers alongside unique networking opportunities at the Wrigley Rooftops and ROOF on theWit. B2B attendees will be able to collaborate on business opportunities that support equitable and sustainable growth of the esports industry and related industries in gaming and technology.

EsportsNext is the place to meet decision makers throughout the esports ecosystem, including production companies, sponsorship agencies, publishers, VC firms, teams, venue operators, and more.

Event sponsors represent a wide range of industries and provide a great opportunity to discover new business prospects and gather information on products and services that fit company needs.

Registration is open. Your personalized experience starts with your name badge and includes in-person and virtual tickets.

Partial List of over 40 Speakers

Michael Brooks, Executive Director – National Association of Collegiate Esports

Charles Conroy, VP, Publisher Relations & Business Development – Unikrn @ Entain

John Davidson, Director of Business Development, Esports – Production Resource Group

Allison DeLeone, President & CEO – The Production Network

John Fazio, CEO – Nerd Street

Anthony Gaud, CEO and Founder – Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group

Chris Gronkowski, Former NFL Football Player, CEO – Ice Shaker™

Lewis Johnson, Broadcaster – NBC Sports

Ryan Johnson, Founder & CEO – Cxmmunity

Verta Maloney, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer – the*gameHERs

Jeff Palumbo, Global Esports Solutions Manager – Lenovo

Reid SantaBarbara, Co-founder & CEO – Odyssey

Jason Tirado, President – Lightware Visual Engineering

Megan Van Petten, Founder – Esports Trade Association

Brian Wilneff, Chief Executive Officer – Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc.

Panels cover the most pressing topics, and feature the speakers listed above as well as many more voices from across the industry. This year’s panels are:

Esports Executives: Leaders in the esports space share perspectives on our industry’s opportunities, challenges, and predictions for 2023 trends.

Scholastic Esports: Esports professionals in education discuss creating competitive and engaging esports programs on campuses and schools across the country.

Impactful Trends: Analysts share significant trends measured through 2022 and insights on what you need to know for 2023.

Executing Successful Partnerships: Leaders from teams, leagues, and brands share the strategies they have employed to effectively engage fans and increase ROI.

Gaming for Everyone: How to identify, support and advocate for the underrepresented groups in esports.

How to Fund Our Favorite Activity: Experts identify opportunities for teams and leagues to operate with financial success.

Fan Engagement: Regulators discuss how wagering and betting in esports is developing and how to interact responsibly.

The event agenda also includes a Fireside Chat about Metaverse technologies and an Elevator Pitch Competition with a Shark Tank-style presentation to judges.

Media inquiries are welcome. Please contact Leslie Fitzsimmons at info@esportsta.org for press credentials and more information.

About ESTA

The Esports Trade Association (ESTA) promotes, protects, and advances the broader interests of the esports community. The organization accomplishes this by providing forward-thinking professional development programs, networking opportunities, relevant industry research, and valuable tools and resources to the membership. ESTA focuses on promoting business expertise and sustainable growth of the esports industry by growing the number of participants, sponsors, products, and services, procuring industry research, and executing industry events. Learn more about the ESTA and its mission statement at https://esportsta.org.

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Canada – Minister Ng to lead trade mission to the Caribbean 

Diversifying Canada’s trade with developing and emerging economies is key to strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and growing opportunities as we work towards an equitable global pandemic response and a sustainable, inclusive recovery.

March 4, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Diversifying Canada’s trade with developing and emerging economies is key to strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and growing opportunities as we work towards an equitable global pandemic response and a sustainable, inclusive recovery.

Following a successful virtual trade mission in February to Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, and South Africa, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, is keeping the momentum going by announcing Canada’s next trade mission will be to the Caribbean from April 12 to 14, 2022.

To help Canadian businesses grow and export to diverse markets, Minister Ng will lead a three-day trade mission to the Caribbean, with a focus on Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission will target the promotion of sustainable growth and innovation.

This trade mission will give new and experienced Canadian exporters the chance to explore the growing number of sustainable business opportunities in clean technology and green infrastructure in the region. Canadian businesses can express their interest in participating in the trade mission here.

The Canada-Caribbean Trade Mission will help grow partnerships with members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), promote Canadian businesses in key sectors and help build a path to sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

“I am thrilled to lead this trade mission, as it will strengthen the long history of collaboration and trade between Canada and Caribbean countries. During the mission, Canadian businesses will network, learn about trade opportunities and build stronger bridges to grow our economies, create jobs, and benefit people across our nations.”

– Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Alice Hansen

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Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development