China Council for the Promotion of international Trade (CCPIT TEX), established under the leadership of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) in 1988, is the number one organizer of international textile and apparel shows in China. With the mission of promoting communication and business cooperation between Chinese textile and apparel industry and international industry counterparts and business community, CCIP TEX has gained global reputation for the professionalism and networking excellence in the industry. For the first time with partnership of CEMS Global it has organized ` 11th Dhaka International Yarn & Fabric Show 2017—Winter Edition’ and ‘Dhaka Int’l Denim Show 2017’ in Bangladesh. Zhang Tao, Secretary General of CCPIT TEX, played a key role to organize those shows on behalf of CCPIT TEX. Recently Textile Today has discussed with him about several issues related with Bangladesh and Chinese textile and apparel industry. Here is the brief of the interview discussion.
Textile Today: This exhibition is the first one in Bangladesh with your involvement. Why you have come here and how is the result?
Zhang Tao: Yes CCPIT (CCPIT-TEX) with partnership of CEMS Global have organized the four-day long exhibition – ` 11th Dhaka International Yarn & Fabric Show 2017—Winter Edition’ and ‘Dhaka Int’l Denim Show 2017’ in Bangladesh for the first time. CCPIT-TEX is the number one organizer of international textile and apparel shows in China, and it’s one of the organizers of Intertextile, and it also expanded her outbound shows successfully in New York, Paris, Sao Paulo and even Dhaka now. So this is our mission to help the industries as well as individual manufactures to establish the immense business relationship. Already we have a business relationship with Pakistan’s industry as well as their users. We all know in Bangladesh, RNG industry is very important for the economy. Bangladesh industry and specially BGMEA, which represents the RMG industry of Bangladesh, have an ambition to attain US$50 billion dollar by 2021 in the 50th anniversary of the country. I think Bangladesh could achieve the target. As far I know last year the export of RMG was US$28 billion dollar, the target is almost double. If you could achieve this then it will bring benefit for people. The trade show will help Bangladesh to explore its business, and that’s our project.
Textile Today: As you help promoting Chinese textile and apparel manufacturers to the world-how do you evaluate recent trend of Chinese textile and apparel business?
Zhang Tao: Actually, China is number one textile and apparel exports in the world, though we are facing many challenges. You know everybody is talking about the increasing of the cost including labor cost which has increased several times. However, more efficient supply chain management, more modern infrastructure, and workers’ higher productivity have allowed Chinese textile producers to keep costs low relative to other producers. I believe key motivation and energy for development of textile and apparel industry in China is the huge domestic market of 1.39 billion people. We all know that the demand of textile will always be increasing as we all use textile products in body, airplane, home, office, car, hospital and everywhere.
Textile Today: How can you assist Bangladeshi companies to extend business in China?
Zhang Tao: We always believe in two-way business relationship. Bangladesh already export garment in china, specially knit and woven. Bangladesh has huge opportunity to extend its export in China. As CCPIT-TEX is the number one organizer of international textile and apparel shows in China, the show that we organize is the great opportunity for Bangladesh to explore its business into Chinese domestic market. You know we have very strong connection with BGMEA and industry leaders and we highly recommend Bangladeshi industrialists to participate the trade shows in China, which could be the best place to show the power of the Bangladeshi companies in Chinese markets as well as they could understand the market trend of China.
Textile Today: As this is a fabric show, could you share trend of Chinese fabric export to Bangladesh?
Zhang Tao: Generally speaking Chinese actually produce high to low category fabric with comparative price according to the suppliers demand. Recently China is exporting fabric for sweater. Fabric is the key product and different fabrics are exported from China to Bangladesh and so Bangladesh is producing more and more value added product, which is a good sign.
Textile Today: You are now focusing on structural adjustment to offer better service and products to Chinese domestic and world market, how could this help Bangladesh?
Zhang Tao: Structural adjustment is a policy that actually changes time to time, and it is upgrading. China could have a big chance to relocate it investments in Bangladesh as in China production cost is very high. So Bangladesh have chance to catch up the production capability over the China as our ambassador in Bangladesh said. It’s really a significant opportunity. It will be helpful both for Bangladesh and China.
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