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TCF Council in Melbourne Fair To Attract More Clientele

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council of Fiji is currently participating at the International Sourcing Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in Australia. The Fijian Government’s support to
18 Nov 2015 10:44
TCF Council in Melbourne Fair To Attract More Clientele
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council of Fiji booth at the International Sourcing Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in Australia.

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council of Fiji is currently participating at the International Sourcing Fair at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in Australia.
The Fijian Government’s support to the TCF sector under the National Export Strategy grant has enabled this participation.
TCF Council president, Kaushik Kumar, the show targeted buyers from Australia and New Zealand.
“We have a full range of apparel products from work wear, fashion wear, school wear, formal wear, adventure and active wear,” he said.
This is the sixth year the TCF Council is participating at this show.
The companies present are some of the “Make it in Fiji” certified factories who comply with an annual Social compliance and Quality Assurance audit programme run by the TCF Council.
Mr Kumar said once you keep coming, potential clients start looking at you more seriously.
“This is as they see us as quite committed to seek new business and there is significant cost involved when you participate at international trade fairs,” he said.
“We can certainly say the participation at the trade fair has yielded positive results which reflects in the significant increase in employment numbers over the past few years.
“We partake in this trade fair promoting the Fiji industry rather than as individual companies. Government support is highly commendable in our industry’s recovery.”
Mr Kumar is expecting a successful show.

The industry
Mr Kumar thanked the Government for its continued support to the TCF sector.
He acknowledged the grant initiative from Government has had a positive impact on the TCF industry which has recovered from its lows.
“The industry is now directly employing around 8000 workers and having an annual export of over $110 million,” he said.
In terms of our exports to Australia and New Zealand, Mr Kumar said total exports are around $105 million.
Of this, he estimated exports to Australia to be around $80 million to $85 million and $20 million into New Zealand.
The remainder was exported into other countries.

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