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Indian Footwear & Leather industry a major foreign exchange earner, employs 4.5 million people, 40 percent women: Sh. Piyush Goyal

Sh. Goyal encourages stakeholders to make India the world’s largest and best quality footwear manufacturer

Indian Size of footwear to be launched to help distinguish Indian Footwear around the globe and reduce dependence on foreign sizing trends: Sh. Goyal

Strength of India in footwear sector comes from local raw material and its rich, diverse history: Sh. Goyal

Posted On: 29 JUL 2023 6:47PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Footwear & Leather industry is not only a major foreign exchange earner but being a labour intensive sector, it also provides employment to approximately 4.5 million people, 40% of whom are women.

While addressing as a Chief Guest at India International Footwear Fair 2023 (IIFF) at New Delhi today, Commerce and Industry Minister said that India has the capacity to become world’s largest and best quality footwear manufacturer.

The Minister said that India is the 2nd largest exporter of leather garments, 3rd largest exporter of Saddlery & Harness and 4th largest exporter of Leather Goods in the world. Sh. Goyal highlighted that more than 95% of the production units in this sector are Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) units.

Sh. Piyush Goyal said that Indian Size of footwear will be launched soon to help distinguish Indian Footwear around the globe and reduce dependence on foreign sizing trends. He suggested the industrialists explore Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) for technological collaborations, joint ventures of non-leather footwear, thus increasing the export of the country and enhancing the domestic market with Indian products.

Shri Goyal highlighted the beauty of Kolhapuri Footwear of Maharashtra & Mojari Footwear of Rajasthan and said that it should be an area of attraction for international buyers as well. He also said that the strength of India in this sector comes from the local raw material and its rich diverse history.

He highlighted the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi leading in initiatives like undertaking grand infrastructure like 'Bharat Mandapam' - International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre complex, which will host the G20 summit in September 2023.

The Minister said that testing facilities will be established by the Government as part of India’s Footwear and Leather Development Programme. He also highlighted the steps undertaken by the government for ease of doing business like decriminalisation of corporate offenses, reducing compliance burdens, creating a national single window for all approvals, World Class Infrastructure, etc.

Shri Goyal urged the stakeholders to expand the business while keeping the focus on quality and sustainability, eco-friendly process, waste management, and exploring renewable sources for electricity. The Minister further emphasised embracing competitiveness in the form of innovative designs for a bigger and better growth. He highlighted that the global market is very competitive and urged the exporters to develop innovative as well as sustainable products for which there is a huge and growing demand in the world.

Shri Goyal further said that not only do we need to enhance our design capabilities to move up the value chain, but also bring in more investments and technology to scale up the production and produce innovative products. He mentioned that institutions like CLRI, FDDI, and NIFT will collaborate with the industry in developing new products and technologies in tune with the changing trends and requirements of the market.



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