CITI and Swiss textiles collaborate for trade, growth, and sustainability

CITI and Swiss textiles collaborate for trade, growth, and sustainability

The collaboration aimed to leverage the strengths of nations, fostering sustainable development and promoting a conducive environment for trade and investment.

A joint declaration was signed by the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) and Swiss Textiles, solidifying their commitment to a robust trade and economic partnership. This action was considered a significant step towards fostering collaboration between the two nations and strengthening their ties in the textile sector.

The 19th Joint Economic Commission (JEC) between India and Switzerland took place in Geneva. During the JEC session, Dinesh Nolkha, Vice Chairman, CITI, participated and discussed the strategic Joint Declaration and plans of engagement with the Swiss Textile Industry.

On that occasion, Rakesh Mehra, Chairman, CITI, stated that the joint declaration indicated a shared vision for enhancing bilateral cooperation, facilitating trade, and promoting economic growth in the textile industry. Both trade associations recognised the immense potential for mutual benefit through a strengthened partnership and expressed their commitment to the development of a comprehensive Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA).

Mehra further emphasised that CITI, representing the dynamic and diverse textile sector of India, viewed this collaboration as a key driver for growth, innovation, and increased global competitiveness. The strategic alliance with Swiss Textiles was expected to open new avenues for trade, technology exchange, and investment in the textile value chain.

The collaboration aimed to leverage the strengths of nations, fostering sustainable development and promoting a conducive environment for trade and investment.

The key highlight of the joint declaration was the elimination of trade barriers, promoting cooperation between companies in both countries, facilitating trade, and enabling more competitive prices.

The declaration also placed emphasis on market access and mutual cooperation. The Indian and Swiss textile sectors were seen as ideal complements in terms of production. Switzerland offered itself as a buyer for raw materials and intermediate products, which could then be transformed in Switzerland and presented on the Indian or European market as high-quality and sustainable end products.

Simultaneously, a TEPA was seen as promoting mutual direct investment and making it possible to combine the production chains of both countries. This would provide a clear advantage for the development of production facilities as well as the mutual training of professionals.

The collaborative efforts outlined in the declaration were poised to strengthen the textile industry in both nations, contributing to economic growth, job creation, and the overall prosperity of their people.

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