The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Pakistan's growing Gross Domestic Product is becoming an attraction for Turkish companies as they scout for investments in the country, says Mustafa Mente, general secretary of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey. Pakistan and Turkey are also in talks to finalise a free trade agreement to boost bilateral trade. According to the Pakistan Business Council, the current level of bilateral trade between the two countries is $584m, which has potential to reach $5bn. THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE
  • A garment worker has died in Bangalore, India, after being electrocuted at Nisha Garments in the Peenya industrial area. According to local media reports, the boiler operator stepped on a live wire and later died in hospital. DECCAN HERALD

  • Pakistan's textile sector has questioned the credibility of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's PKR180bn textile package after the finance ministry allocated a sum of PKR4bn to fund it. At a press conference attended by representatives of all the leading associations, the textile sector rejected the 2017-18 budget due to "meagre" allocations and an increase in income tax and sales tax rates. PAKISTAN TRIBUNE

  • India's Ministry of Textiles is in the process of finalising draft guidelines of its National Textiles Policy, which will be sent to the union cabinet for approval next month. The policy aims to achieve US$300bn worth of textile exports by 2024-25 and create an additional 35m jobs. ECONOMIC TIMES INDIA

  • As many as ten value-added Pakistan textile associations have unanimously decided to observe a 'Black Day' and observe a strike for an indefinite period immediately after Eid. They want the immediate release of PKR180bn funds from the government's textile package, immediate payment of Exporters Refund Claims, withdrawal from the Gas Infra-Structure Development Cess (GIDC), levelling of gas and electricity prices with regional competitors, and a zero-rating policy for the textile industry. THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS (PAKISTAN)

  • Turkey's Ipeker Textile claims to have become the world's first producer of vegan fabric. After completing an approval process in Switzerland and Germany, the fabric was granted the 'V-Label' from the European Vegetarian Union (EVU). According to Ipeker Textile, which exports its products to more than 100 clients in 52 different countries, there are no animal ingredients or proteins in any of the 146 different types of fabric it produces. DAILY SABAH

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