THE Fashion and Textile Industry Stakeholders forum (FASTINS) has called for the development of the sector to boost employment opportunities and generate foreign exchange earnings through exports.
A statement by the Coordinator of FASTIN, Mrs Joy Chinwokwu, on Wednesday in Abuja said the forum had decided to organise a meeting from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12 aimed at revamping the country’s textile industry.
“The forum will promote high quality made-in-Nigeria fashion and textile products by creating wholesale and retail outlets, both within and outside the country.”
The statement said the forum would provide the necessary complimentary communication support that would boost employment opportunities, tourism and generate a sustainable foreign exchange earning mechanism for the industry.
It said that stakeholders at the forum would be more focused and productive in the manufacture of homemade textiles and fashion products that could compete favourably in the international market.
The statement said that some ministries and government agencies, including the Ministries of Agriculture, Trade and Investment, the Bank of Industry, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Export-Import Bank and the National Orientation Agency would be participating at the forum.
The participating states include Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, FCT, Benue and Delta. The theme of the conference is: “Clothing Renaissance: Empowering Nigerian Investors For The Global Market.”