Indian, Vietnamese leather companies seek stronger ties

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018 08:20

A meeting was held between Indian and Vietnamese leather industry executives in HCM City this week, and they sought to strengthen ties between the two leather powerhouses. – VNA/VNS Photo Viet Dung

A visiting delegation of 30 executives from Indian leather companies have met with their Vietnamese counterparts in HCM City.

The meeting on Thursday between two of the world’s top three footwear producers was organised by the Indian consulate in HCM City and the Viet Nam Leather Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) in HCM City.

The visitors, led by India’s Council for Leather Export, became acquainted with their Vietnamese counterparts and showcased their products as they sought potential partners.

Diep Thanh Kiet, deputy chairman of LEFASO, said Viet Nam’s exports of footwear and handbags were worth US$17.96 billion last year, and this year’s target is $19.5 billion.

The country is the second largest exporter of footwear, he said.

Viet Nam imported around $92 million worth of leather from India last year, or 5 per cent of its total leather imports. It plans to import $115 million worth this year.

Dr K Srikar Reddy, the Indian consul general in HCM City, said: “Indian companies’ interest in investing in and co-operating with Viet Nam is constantly rising.”

Leather is one of India’s major industries. It is the fifth largest exporter of leather, accounting for almost 13 per cent of the world’s output.

According to India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the country imported around $121.63 million worth of footwear and other leather goods from Viet Nam from April 2017 to March 2018.

Viet Nam imports around 60 per cent of the leather it requires for footwear production, which offers potential for strengthening the partnership between the two countries, Reddy said. – VNS

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