South Korea on Friday revealed an ambitious blueprint for the country's textile and garment industry including the doubling of clothing and fibre exports to $30 billion in the next seven years.

The government plan also sets out the goals of doubling last year's industry profits to $20bn by 2010, increasing clothing production to 30 per cent from around the current five per cent and setting up of a new fashion exhibition centre in Seoul.

The brainchild of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, the blueprint also calls for greater focus on three textile fields - industrial materials, fashion design and dyeing processing.

Officials also want to set up state-of-the-art sweater technology and dyeing technology centres along with a mass production system for nano-fibres.

They are also keen for certain provinces arounf the country to specialise in certain fabrics such as knitwear, wool and nylon-cotton clothing.