The Third meeting of the India- Kazakhstan Joint Working Group on Textiles took place on the 7-8th June, 2012 at Gurgaon. The Indian side was headed by Shri V Srinivas, Joint Secretary (Exports), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The Kazakhstan side was headed by Ms. Natalia Komogortseva, Head of light Industries Division, Committee of Industry, Ministry of Industry and New Technology of Kazakhstan. The two parties reviewed programme of action charted out in the 1st meeting.
The JWC in its 3rd Session considered the issues at length like: incentives available for Textiles and Clothing sector for investment; development of textiles sphere of cotton and MMF blends, particularly through setting up of JVs in the SEZ “Ontustyk”, profile of Kazakhstan imports of textiles and clothing and its major source of such imports along with the investment opportunities in SEZ “Ontustyk”. The issue of training to Kazakhstan nationals in various levels of textiles and clothing manufacturing traders was discussed in details. The JWC also discussed the training facilities available in the Kazakhstan and the bilateral exchange programmes that it has currently with other countries in the field of textiles and training.
As a result of the discussion both side agreed for cooperation in wool and cotton sector including the technology exchanges. Kazakhstan will consider enhancing their imports of apparel and clothing from India and also source other textiles products from India. Indian side agreed to provide training facilities in the textiles sector. The next JWC meeting will be held in Shymkent in 2013.
An MoU between State Authority “Directorate of SEZ “Ontustyk” Mr.B. R Maulenov and Apparel Export Promotion Council represented by Mr. H K L Magu was also signed. MoU is focused on the exchange of information and knowledge and to promote development in the field of the domestic and international textiles, in particular manufacturing of the readymade garments. Both parties agreed to send their representatives in seminars, conferences, business forums and other events.