India’s garment exports could reach US$60m over the next three years with government support, according to Dr A Sakthivel, chairman of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC). 

Speaking at the country’s inaugural Textile Conclave for 2013, organised by the Ministry of Textiles, Dr Sakthivel said a labour shortfall was the biggest likely bottleneck to achieving the target.

“We are getting good orders and have won the confidence of buyers,” he said.

“As a brand India we are recognised everywhere, but [the] challenge is translating that leverage into the world textiles global hub.”

India’s apparel exports grew by 31% in October, and were up 15.5% to $8.259bn in the April to October period.

Textiles Minister Dr K S Rao said this was the “golden era” of textiles in India and added: “I don’t think it’s difficult to achieve the number one position.

“We have the potential and capacity; we need to just take care of skill training and power availability.”