Ho Chi Minh City to host Cotton Day in September hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) Ho Chi Minh City will host the Cotton Day 2017 on September 12, which aims to strengthen connection between garment-textile firms and partners, suppliers and experts in the cotton sector.

The event, to be held by the Cotton Council International (CCI) and the Vietnam Textile and Garment Association (VITAS), will be a chance for enterprises to learn about global cotton demand and brands’ consumption trends.

Within the event, a conference and fashion show will be held, introducing the COTTON USA collections of Canifa and John Henry brands, including those designed by five winners of the COTTON USA-Fashion Design contest.

Vu Duc Giang, VITAS President, said that Vietnam has to import a large amount of cotton as the domestic sector meets only 0.04 percent of demand. Among supply sources, cotton from the US is considered the highest quality, accounting for up to 60 percent of total cotton imports.

Giang said that the Cotton Day is expected to enable Vietnamese firm to use the COTTON USA label on their products. Since 2017, the CCI has helped Vietnamese fashion brands use US cotton to enhance their products’ quality.

According to the VITAS, despite challenges facing Vietnam’s garment and textile sector, including pressure from anti-dumping tax on fibre in Turkey and India, the sector still earned 19.8 billion USD from export in the first eight months of 2017, up 9.9 percent year on year.

The Cotton Day is one of the CCI’s biggest events in Asia. The event began in Japan in the early 1990s and has been held in the Republic of Korea, Taiwan (China), China, Thailand, and Bangladesh.

This year, it is held for the first time in Vietnam and Indonesia.-VNA