On October 26, 2020 the 3rd World Textile Merchandising Conference in Keqiao, Shaoxing, Zhejiang kicked off. The theme of this conference is “New Industrial Value, New Textile Contribution - Responsibility of the Textile Industry in Reopening the World Economy”. Based on the purpose of “Win-Win Cooperation and Responsible Development”, it explored the development strategies and solutions of world textile innovation coordination, wisdom coordination and resource coordination in the post-pandemic era.
Zheng Wantong, president of the China International Council for the Promotion of Multinational Corporations, vice chairman of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Gao Xingfu, vice governor of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government, Sun Ruizhe, president of International Textile Manufacturers Federation and president of China National Textile and Apparel Council, Ma Weiguang, secretary of the CPC Shaoxing Municipal Committee, and other leaders of relevant ministries and commissions, provinces, and cities, as well as the elites of international business, academia, and industry attended the conference. On the basis of strict prevention and control of the pandemic situation, the conference implemented the “online + offline” dual-venue model. The conference was broadcast live simultaneously to nearly 50 countries and regions around the world, and nearly 500 people attended the conference. Shen Zhijiang, Secretary of the Keqiao District Committee of the CPC Shaoxing City, presided over the opening session of the conference.
The theme conference discussed the global textile industry chain reshaping, technological innovation, digital transformation, sustainable development and other hot topics in a comprehensive and multi-dimensional manner. At the same time, it comprehensively introduced the economic reopening situation and future plan of Shaoxing Keqiao during the pandemic. The conference also held the “Inaugural Ceremony of 2020 Shaoxing Keqiao Textile City Overseas United Chamber of Commerce & Global Lauch Ceremony of the Overseas Seed Plan of China Textile City”, “Climate Stewardship in Keqiao, Shaoxing China”, “China Dyeing and Printing Museum Unveiling Ceremony”, “Appointment Ceremony of Directors of the World Textile Merchandising Conference Council” and other activities.
The Deputy Governor Gao Xingfu gave a speech at the conference. He said that the textile industry is an important pillar industry and civilian production industry in my country’s national economy. Since the beginning of this year, in the face of rising costs of raw materials, labor, and environmental protection, Sino-US economic and trade frictions, and the global spread of the pandemic, Zhejiang textile companies have sought new opportunities in the crisis to maintain their position and advantages for industrial innovation and development. As of September this year, there were 8,107 textile enterprises in Zhejiang Province, achieving an annual industrial output value of 587.9 billion yuan, accounting for 11.2% of the province’s industrial output value above designated size, ranking second in the country in total.
Gao Xingfu, vice governor of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government
He said that in the future, Zhejiang Province will build world-class industrial clusters, accelerate the high-quality development of the modern textile industry, and strive to achieve an annual output value of more than 1 trillion yuan in the province’s modern textile industry by 2022. Zhejiang Province has strong competitiveness in the fields of dyeing and printing, weaving and clothing, with three industrial clusters above 50 billion level and more than 20 industrial clusters with 10 billion level. On this basis, Zhejiang Province will take Shaoxing and its surrounding areas as the leader, and coordinate development around Hangzhou Bay, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Jiaxing and other places, and strengthen the modern textile industry chain integrating industrial textiles and high-end textile equipment.
Ma Weiguang, secretary of the CPC Shaoxing Municipal Committee
Secretary Ma Weiguang said in his speech that Shaoxing Keqiao seized the opportunity of the World Textile Merchandising Conference to deepen international cooperation and has now become an important bridge link between China and the world. He pointed out that in the face of the pandemic, Shaoxing City and Keqiao District coordinated to promote pandemic prevention and control, resumption of work and production, and economic and social development. The textile industry has withstood the test in this pandemic. He also said that Shaoxing will take the World Textile Merchandising Conference as an opportunity to suggest that textile people from all over the world work together to create a new situation of mutual benefit and win-win situation, and make Shaoxing Keqiao’s contribution to the development of the textile industry.
Han Bekke, president of the International Apparel Federation
Han Bekke, president of the International Apparel Federation, and Christian P. Schindler, secretary-general of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), who were not able to be there, respectively gave their best wishes to the 3rd World Textile Merchandising Conference via video.
At the conference, President Sun Ruizhe delivered a keynote speech on “New Industrial Value, New Textile Contribution - Responsibility of the Textile Industry in Reopening the World Economy”. He pointed out that in the resopening the world economy, the Chinese textile industry, which was the first to recover from the pandemic, showed strong development resilience and vitality. In the face of severe challenges such as increasing risks of economic recession, in-depth adjustment of the industrial chain, accelerating the process of digitization, and accelerating the development of accountability, the textile industry needs to accelerate adjustments to adapt to changes in the world. As an important force in maintaining the smooth operation of the global industrial chain and supply chain, China’s textile industry has made important contributions to safeguarding the prevention and control of the world’s pandemic, fully demonstrating its responsibility.
Sun Ruizhe, president of International Textile Manufacturers Federation and president of China National Textile and Apparel Council
President Sun Ruizhe also pointed out that China’s textile industry must respond to new changes with new practices. China is about to enter the “14th Five-Year Plan” period. In global cooperation, China’s textile industry is not only an upgrade of its own development, but also a valuable opportunity for global industrial development. Working together to build a more open economy, a more innovative economy, a more responsible economy, and a more valuable economy will be an important path to promote the steady development of the world’s textile industry.
The 3rd World Textile Merchandising International Cooperation Alliance launched a video at the conference with the purpose of “hand in hand and common development”. Industry representatives from more than 50 countries and regions including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, South Korea, Brazil, and Vietnam, made suggestions for the further development of industries such as further deepening of industrial coordination and market development, and conveyed the needs of cooperation with the Chinese textile industry.