CLE chairman Mukhtarul Amin said, The conference has come to India when the countrys footwear export is growing at over 18% a year. Footwear is the engine of growth of the leather industry and at $1,212 million it accounts for about 41% of the total leather trade. The target for 2010-11 is $4.5 billion. The total leather export is expected to be $6.98 billion.
There will be three guest speakers. Regina Canvas Teixeira, design specialist from Brazil, will speak on design inputs to design a comfort footwear.
The address of YH Whang, polymer specialist from South Korea, will be on the latest technology in sportswear.
G Sankar, chief executive- footwear business, Reliance Retail, will speak on the emerging retail trends in India and explain Reliances global footwear sourcing plan.
Executive director of CLE, K Elangovan will make a presentation on World footwear markets - analysing the current trends in production, import, exports and consumption.