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10.00 – 11.15 HRS – INAUGURAL SESSION:
10:00- 10:10 hrs Welcome Address Mr. Sanjay K. Jain

Chairman, CITI

10:10:10:30 hrs Address Mr. Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu

Chairman & MD, Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd.

10:30- 10:40 hrs Special Address Partner States
10:40- 10:55 hrs Keynote Address Mr. Amitabh Kant *

CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India

10:55- 11:00 hrs Release of CITI- Wazir Whitepapers for each session
11:00- 11.10 hrs Inaugural Address Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani

Minister of Textiles, Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

11.10- 11:15 hrs Vote of Thanks Mr. T. Rajkumar,

Deputy Chairman, CITI

11.30 HRS – 12.30 HRS: SESSION I


India has strengths in terms of raw material availability, manpower availability, large domestic market, presence of complete manufacturing value chain and government support. This has enabled growth of the industry. In order to achieve an ambitious vision of US$ 300 bn market by 2025, it is imperative to provide industry with the right support.In this session, the esteemed panelist will deliberate on the following points:

  • Current policy support available to the industry
  • Issues being faced by the industry
  • Post GST trade scenario and strategies for inclusive growth
  • Policy perspectives for an integrated textile industry
  • Policy support required to achieve the target exports
11.30 – 11.40 hrs Opening Remarks by the Chairman Mr. Amitabh Kant*
CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India
11.40 – 12.20 hrs Panel Discussion
Moderator Mr. Sanjay K. Jain
Chairman, CITI
Panelists Dr. P. Alli Rani 
Chairman & MD, Cotton Corporation of India
Mr. H.K.L. Magu,
Chairman, AEPC
Mr. Ujjwal Lahoti
Mr. Sri Narain Aggarwal
Chairman, SRTEPC
Mr. P. Nataraj
Chairman, Southern India Mills Association (SIMA)
12.20 – 12.25 hrs Q&A Session and Summing up by the Moderator
12.25- 12.30 hrs Concluding Remarks Mr. Amitabh Kant
12.30 HRS– 13.45 HRS: SESSION II
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TEXTILE MANUFACTURINGNew product developments, new technology are driving the growth of textile and apparel industry globally. In order to compete at a global level, it has become imperative for the companies to adopt advancement made in field of textile technology. Cost advantage comes through superior product quality, skilled workforce, innovative design, customization, on-time delivery, technology innovations and finally admirable after sales service. All these factors culminate to customer satisfaction.In this session, the  esteemed panelist will deliberate on the following points:

  • Emerging Global technology trends in textile manufacturing (robotic sewing, 3D printing, water less dyeing, etc.)
  • Sustainability through innovation
  • Smart Textiles
  • Automation in textile manufacturing
  • Technology Upgradation: Challenges and Constraints
  • Need of implementing standardized manufacturing systems and processes to improve the system efficiency and output quality
  • Product lifecycle management- material saving/efficiency, resource efficiency – Zero defect
  • Current issues with the productivity and efficiency levels of the workforce in the textile industry
  • Skill development for enhancing efficiency and  productivity
12.30- 12.40 hrs Opening Remarks by the Chairman Mrs. Pushpa Subrahmanyam*
Special Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India
12:40- 13:25 hrs Presentations
Mr. S.K. Khandelia
President, Sutlej Textiles & Industries Ltd.
Mr. Abhijeet Puranik
Head Sales – India, Rieter
Mr. D. Ghosh,
General Manager – Sales, Oerlikon Textile India P. Ltd
Mr. Deepak Mehta
Head – Energy & Agri, MCX Ltd.
Mr. R.D. Udeshi
President – Polyester Chain Reliance Industries Ltd
Dr. Christina Raab
Director Implementation, ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals), Amsterdam
13:25- 13:40 hrs Q&A Session and Summing up by the Moderator
13:40- 13:45 hrs Concluding Remarks Mrs. Pushpa Subrahmanyam

14:15 HRS – 15:45 HRS : SESSION III:

The global textile and apparel industry has seen a structural shift in terms of manufacturing locations. Earlier the production was concentrated in major western countries but it has now shifted majorly to developing economies, mainly the Asian countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam etc. Moreover, fragmentation of production processes has allowed the developing nations to industrialize by joining value chains instead of building whole chains themselves. In this session, the esteemed panelist will deliberate on the following points:

  • Importance of Regional economic integration in textile industry (trade creation, market expansion, productivity improvement, precursor to investment etc.)
  • Leveraging the benefits of trade agreements
  • Trade and investment perspectives
  • Key challenges facing the textile industry on the international front
  • Need for conducive environment to boost trade & investment
14:15- 14.25 hrs Opening Remarks by the Chairman Dr. Kavita Gupta*
Textile Commissioner, Government of India
14:25- 14:35 hrs Lead Presentation Dr. Christian Schindler
Director General, The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich
14:35- 15:15 hrs Panel Discussion
Moderator Mr. Prem Malik
Past Chairman, CITI
Panelists Mr. Surya K. Gupta
President – Corporate, Raymond Ltd.
Mr. Rajaguru Raja
Managing Partner, Texcoms Textile Solutions, Indonesia
Mr. Felix Fernando
Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association, Sri Lanka
Mr. Fazlul Haque
MD, Plummy Fashions Lead Advisor, SR Asia, Bangladesh
Ms. Shilpa Divekar Nirula
CEO – India Region, Monsanto
Mr. Govind Venuprasad, Coordinator – SITA, Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Trade Centre, Switzerland
15:15- 15:40 hrs Q&A Session and Summing up by the Moderator
15:40- 15:45 hrs Concluding Remarks Dr. Kavita Gupta

16:00  – 17:30 hrs SESSION IV:

The retail market in emerging nations is evolving rapidly while moving on a growth trajectory. As the retail market is gradually moving towards organized sector, new channels and new shopping behavior is shaping-up. This session seeks to offer insights into the future of fashion retailing. In this session, the esteemed panelist will deliberate on the following points:

  • Present structure of retail sector in Asian countries
  • Emerging Trends and opportunities in retailing sector
  • Strategies being adopted to collaborate textile manufacturing with changing retail scenario
16.00- 16.10 hrs Opening Remarks by the Chairman Mr. Kulin Lalbhai*
Executive Director,
Arvind Limited
16:10- 17:00 hrs Panel Discussion
Moderator Mr. Harminder Sahni
Managing Director,
Wazir Advisors
Mr. Rahul Mehta
President, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI)
Mr. Mohit Dhanjal
Director – Retail,
Raymond Ltd.
Mr. Vineet Gautam*
CEO, Bestseller India
Mr. Kamal Khushlani*
Director, Credo Brands Mktg Pvt Ltd/ Mufti
Mr. Sadashiv Nayak*
CEO, Future Retail
Mr. Aloke banerjee*
CEO, Bombay Dyeing
17:00- 17:25 hrs Q&A Session and Summing up by the Moderator
17:25- 17:30 hrs Concluding Remarks Mr. Kulin Lalbhai*
17:30-17:45 Vote of Thanks Mr. D.L. Sharma
Vice Chairman, CITI