The African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) is a non-profit making regional industry/trade promoting body established in June 2005 by the Cotton, Textile and Apparel sectors from Eastern and Southern Africa. Its membership covers the COMESA, SADC and the EAC trading blocks, and includes National allied Associations from 25 African countries. ACTIF’s mission is to develop and successfully deliver services that enhance our members Competitiveness in the world market.

Our core services include: Advocacy Activities to address key policy issues impacting regional trade and International Trade; Enhancing Competitiveness of our members by promoting knowledge transfer, New Investment and technology uprades; Trade Linkages by promoting a regional supply chain, B2B activities and developing linkages with key markets including USA, EU, India, China and Information Service by providing a platform for exchange of information, Sharing of market data, country profiles and focussed sector reports.

Our flagship annual event is Origin Africa whose objective is to put Africa on the map as a preferred sourcing continent, and to demonstrate to international buyers and industry leaders that creativity and innovation are an integral part of Africa’s future.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the United States’ leading trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity, and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, legal, commercial, political, and trade restraints. AAFA seeks to achieve this mission by representing the points of view and pursuing the concerns of AAFA members before the public and all branches of government to advance the association's legislative, international trade, and regulatory objectives.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is a non-profit organisation that represents roughly 1,800 companies and individuals doing business in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia Pacific, and around the globe. AmCham is one of the most dynamic and influential business organisations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chamber's "business" for 45 years has been to promote the US - China trade and Hong Kong as Asia’s premier international business and financial center. AmCham is committed to maintaining and strengthening Hong Kong's status as "Asia's World City".

Incorporated in 1978, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is a non-profit making organisation set up for the purpose of promotion of apparel trade and commerce. It has more than 7000 members. An ISO 9000 and SA 8000 company, AEPC is the largest Council in India which assists Government in formulating policy with regard to export of apparel. Sponsored by Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The prime activity is export promotion through more than 25 international events in a year through fairs, BSMs, delegations and specialized events. AEPC runs 125 Apparel Training & Design Centres (ATDC). AEPC also runs Institutes of Apparel Management (IAM) for higher education, complements flagships programmes of the Ministry – DISHA and runs ambitious programmes like Knitwear Technology Mission (KTM).

Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (API) was established on 14 June 1974. API is the largest association in the textile industry in Indonesia. Its members range from up-stream to down-stream of the industry from man-made fiber manufacturers, spinners, weavers up to garment makers and made-up articles manufacturers. 1,114 companies, listed as API’s members, are located in Java and Bali. Besides its headquarter in Jakarta, API had also six (6) province district committees in Greater Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java and Bali.

Led by Mr. Ade Sudrajat, API facilitates the government-industry relationship, represents members' interests and develops partnership with related associations domestically and internationally.

The Association of the Austrian Clothing Industry is an independent organisation within the Austrian Economic Chamber.

The Association acts on behalf of the interests of its member in contact with national and EU authorities, within the Austrian Economic Chamber, versus unions, up-and down-stream parts of the textile chain and other national and international professional associations and provides a lot of useful services for its members.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the apex trade body that represents the export oriented woven, knit and sweater garment manufacturers and exporters of the country. The fundamental objective of BGMEA is to establish a healthy business environment for a close and mutually beneficial relationship between the manufacturers, exporters and importers in the process ensuring a steady growth in the foreign exchange earnings of the country. BGMEA plays a very strong role to lead the industry, to protect and uphold the interest of the industry.

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) was established in 1996 as a national trade body to represent solely the largest export earning sector of Bangladesh. Now it is an association of about 1700 members.

Objectives of BKMEA:

To protect the interest of the sector
Export promotion and market development
To enhance social compliance and productivity improvement of the sector
To maintain effective networking with members, government, national and international bodies



China-Europe Textile Alliance (C.E.T.A.) In February 2005, the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, the Swiss Textile Federation and the Federal Association of the Austrian Textile Industry put in place a project known as the China-Europe Textile Alliance (C.E.T.A.) under the aegis of GIC Shanghai. Later the Textile Industries from France, the Spanish Cotton System Textile Industry Association and the Federation of Finnish Textile and Clothing Industries also became active members of C.E.T.A. The aim of the C.E.T.A. project is to familiarize European companies in the textile and garments industry with the working practices of the Chinese textile industry, the Chinese production capacity, the distribution structure of the Chinese market and the channels for entering the market, etc.

The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) is a national industry association whose mandate is to promote industry development and enhance collaboration wiht textile industries around the world. It joins hands with partners along the textile supply chain and find solutions to the challenges we are facing, which will in turn promote the sustainable and healthy development of the global textile industry.

Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines (CONGEP) was organised in 1992 to serve as the voice of the Philippine apparel industry. It has the following objectives: To implement and promote the garment industry's technological, educational, socio-economic and export development projects enhancing the industry's welfare and interest; To promote the most effective relationship, coordination and understanding between the Confederation and all instrumentalities and agencies of the government, labor and other sectors of business and industry; To foster better relationship, coordination and understanding between and among its members; To maintain the highest ethical standards between and among its members. To date, the membership of CONGEP represents more than 40% of the country's total FOB performance in apparel.

CONGEP also represents Philippines garments and textile industry in the ASEAN Federation of Textile Manufacturers (AFTEX).

企業社會責任亞洲(CSR Asia) 是亞太地區領先的咨詢、培訓、研究和提供企業社會責任及可持續發展相關信息的社會企業。我們以專業的商業運營模式積極向外拓展,在民間組織與商業顧問之間扮演獨特的橋梁角色。因此,企業社會責任亞洲能夠針對企業在亞太地區所面臨的可持續發展挑戰,為企業、政府、跨政府組織、慈善組織、基金會及其他機構提供專業的意見和創新的服務。企業社會責任亞洲在亞洲多個城市設有辦公室,積極推廣企業社會責任,並致力於促進整個亞洲地區的可持續發展。

Fashion Commerce in Finland is a non-governmental organisation (NGO). Members of the association include retail, wholesale and other companies trading in apparel, shoe and other fashion related fields.

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America is the largest footwear trade association in the United States. The association accounts for approximately 80% of all footwear sales in the U.S., representing the industry’s leading retailers, brands and buying agents. Its services include lobbying and advocacy for industry causes, educational programs and trade publications.

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is Europe’s premier association for trade policy and global supply chains. FTA brings together over 1,200 retailers, importers, brand companies, and national associations to improve the political and legal framework for trade. Over time, the scope of FTA has developed. In 2003, the FTA created the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) -to provide companies with a practical and efficient system to improve social compliance in global supply chains- and in 2014 will launch the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), to support members committed to improving environmental production conditions in their supply chain.

Established since 1996, Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is the apex trade body that represents the export-oriented garment and shoes industry in Cambodia. All the industry-related sub-contracting factories are also under the umbrella of GMAC.

GMAC currently represents over 400 garment and footwear factories which totally employ roughly 500,000 workers mainly disadvantaged and poverty stricken females from rural provinces.

The principal objective of GMAC is to establish a conducive and healthy business environment for the industries through our regular activities of representation and advocacy, capacity building, information sharing and dissemination, networking, market linkage, trade promotion, support for market access and many more.

GMAC is headed by a 25-member Executive Council elected from amongst its members biannually during its General Assembly. The Executive Council provides advice on strategies and policy development relevant to sustainability and growth of the industry. Day-to-day operations are carried out by a professional team of secretariat staff.

Global Apparel, Footwear and Textile Initiative (GAFTI) is an initiative to bring retailers, brands, mills and factories together to improve efficiencies and set standards globally. GAFTI’s goal is to reduce complexity and remove costs from common industry practices and prevent increased scrutiny from press and governments, which could lead to increased regulation. Ultimately, the end customers of our “service” include all parties involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of apparel, textiles and footwear, government agencies, and of course consumers.

GS1 Hong Kong 致力提供國際供應鏈標准及解決方案包括條形碼、電子商貿、RFID技術等。GS1在全球擁有逾100萬家企業會員,遍布於155個國家。

香港制衣同業協進會(HKAS) represents small and medium-sized companies involved in the apparel industry, and aims to strengthen manpower resources adn information exchanges, safeguard rights, upgrade quality, facilitate the sharing of benefits and stimulate business opportunities.





The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, apparel retailers and the supporting industry. IAF aims to develop business contacts which foster dialogue and knowledge exchange between individuals active in the global fashion industry.

The annual World Fashion Convention, organised by IAF, is one of the means to create a worldwide network. Professionals from all over the world meet to discuss actual developments in the fashion chain. The content is linked to IAF’s knowledge areas and is often focused on branding, supply chain management and production.

For more information, please visit http://www.iafnet.com/


The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau has been in Hong Kong for more than 16 years and has grown to become one of the most active Chambers in promotional, economical and business activities. The Italian Chamber is also active in Macao.
With a growing number of associates and members, the Chamber has been improving its services and network to facilitate the trade between Italy Hong Kong and China together with the services to the international business community.
The support of Italian companies in Hong Kong as well as its counterparts has been a key factor in our success and will continue to be the focus point in the future.

毛織創新及設計協會為香港毛織出口廠商會所推動於2008 1月成立,本會由一班熱心的業界翹楚積極地籌辦及出資獻力地推動,為香港的毛織業持續發展作出不少努力及貢獻,使香港毛織業更為強大強壯發展。




Dutch Clothing & Knitting Industry Association (MODINT) is the Dutch trade association for fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles, an association with a clear mission.
The main task of MODINT is to strengthen the competitive power of the members and sectors they represent by means of a wide-ranging package of interest promotion and services, with the focus on content and quality. It goes without saying that MODINT continues to make every effort to expand our membership, in order to increase support and create a stronger competitive position.
MODINT is active in a great many fields to ensure that its members' interests are protected. These interests often converge in our active member groups, sections and working groups, which can count on the support of a professional organization. Most of MODINT's business services are incorporated into MODINT BV, in which the Consultancy and Credit Management activities play a major role.
The MODINT membership totals over 850 companies, active in the production of and trade in clothing, fashion accessories and (interior) textiles. They generate a joint annual turnover of EUR 8 billion, of which EUR 3,5 billion on export markets.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of over 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index that measures the environmental performance of apparel products. Future versions will include footwear products and measure social performance.



The Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFf) was formed through a collation of the textile and garment associations in 1981. Singapore’s textile and garment industry has since then transformed from a manufacturing base to be a regional fashion, marketing and sourcing hub. TaFf takes an active role in nurturing the next generation of talents, facilitate marketing and exportation of textiles and apparels to the world, promote the betterment of business practices through the adoption of advanced technology. We encourage participation in research, development, innovation and other enhancement activity or social projects which add value to the industry.
For more information, please visit http://www.taff.org.sg/.

The Textile Council of Hong Kong, as a body representing all major textile associations, acts as a voice for the textile industry on matters that affect the industry. Such matters mainly concern with commercial policies affecting Hong Kong's textiles exports such as quotas and anti-dumping actions, Hong Kong's textile export controls system, the employment ordinance, environmental rules and regulations, taxation and tariff etc. It also undertakes by itself or jointly with other organizations study missions, projects, seminars and other activities.

The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association (TGMA) was founded in 15 August 1973 to promote and support the Thai garment industry in manufacturing, trading and other related activities.

TGMA is the wind beneath Thailand's garment industry and the engines that have driven the industry to constantly move forward. TGMA not only has provided the solutions to problems and obstacles of the industry, but also created many useful and fruitful projects while giving continuous support and development to Thai garment and apparel entrepreneurs for more than 40 years.

From the support and promotion of TGMA during the past years, the Fashion Product Development Center (FPDC) was established to act as a coach and consultant for the members to move forward with stronger pace and learn how to stand firmly on their own. In addition, the Overseas Trade and Investment Center (OTIC) was also founded to nurture the investment in foreign countries, from the start-up to established business, by giving advice and information, as well as providing site visit studies. These two centers are the important tools that allow Thai garment and apparel entrepreneurs to step into the AEC with a strong and sustainable future.

TGMA is managed by the President and the Board of Directors, who are elected by members on a two-year term basis.

The Union des Industries Textiles (The Union of Textile Industries) is a French professional association that unites the professional employers' groups of the industry:
Professional federations and branches: cotton, wool, linen, cordage and nets, mesh, silk, lace and embroidery, artificial and synthetic textiles, finishing... ; or regions: Aisne, Alsace, Champagne, Lorraine, South-Pyrenees, North, Normandy, Picardy, Rhone-Alps.
Representing the majority of the 1000 textile companies active in France, the UIT fulfils the three following objectives:

- to support its members in their development : innovation, RD, international development, acces to finance...;
- to define the lobbying strategy for the profession and to be the spokesman for the industry to the decision makers for all subjects of common interest: taxation, research and development, social rights, sales and marketing policy, exports and international development, industrial strategy, protection against counterfeiting...;
- to improve professionnal skills within companies: since 1994, 21000 young people have benefited from combined work/study contracts and more than 320 000 young trainees from continuing training.

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the US and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USFIA is the most respected voice for the fashion industry in front of the US government as well as international governments and stakeholders. With constant, two-way communication, USFIA staff and counsel serve as the eyes and ears of our members in Washington and around the world, enabling them to stay ahead of the regulatory challenges of today and tomorrow. Through our publications, educational events, and networking opportunities, USFIA also connects with key stakeholders across the value chain including the US and International service providers, suppliers, and industry groups.