India offering to develop textile industry in PNG


THE Indian Government plans to partner with the Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation (SMEC) to develop entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea’s textile and garment industry.
High Commissioner Negendra Kumar Saxena said India would work with the SMEC to have trainees visit India to experience and
be trained in entrepreneurship skills.
Saxena was speaking at the graduation ceremony of the SMEC’s garment and textile training programme last Friday in Port Moresby.
The textile industry in India employs about 45 million people directly and 20 million people indirectly. India’s overall textile exports during 2015 to 2016 was US$40 billion (K124.99bn).
SMEC board chairman Michael Mel thanked Saxena and the Indian government for the offer.
He said applications would be put forward to the Indian High Commission for consideration.
Thirty received certificates in pattern designing, garment construction, sewing machine repairs and screen printing.