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Diplomatic ‘Offensive’ Textile Associations with the Government

The entire textile sector met this wednesday with the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition and with the Secretary of State for the Economy, to discuss measures to support companies in the sector in the context of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and to alert the government to urgent job defense measures.

Before a delegation whose representation Minister Siza Vieira did not fail to point out – all four associations representing the sector, the Portuguese Textile and Clothing Association (ATP), the National Association of Wool Industries (ANIL), the National Association of Home Textiles (ANIT-LAR) and the National Association of Clothing and Apparel Industries (ANIVEC / APIV) – the Ministry showed great openness to hear and later discuss within the executive the measures that the sector considers essential to overcome the context of crisis .

The most important of them has to do with the use of all the instruments placed at the disposal of companies to defend jobs and, if possible, with the creation of new instruments that are directed in this same direction. The simplification of administrative procedures was also highlighted by the textile sector.

The main objective of the proposals is to keep companies in a waiting rhythm that will allow them to overcome the deepest crisis phase – which, in a scenario considered by some to be too optimistic, should happen in the second half of next year – to reach open doors to next phase, business resuscitation.

The sector also reminded Siza Vieira and the Secretary of State, João Correia Neves, of the profoundly negative consequences for the national context if, in this phase of full return to economic activity, companies are insolvent, close to insolvency or unable to place running all its installed capacity.

It is necessary to remember that since last March, consumption of textile and clothing products has dropped dramatically in a general way worldwide, affecting the entire value chain of the textile and clothing industry, a situation that can only change when there is a massive return of confidence international consumers and the resumption of purchasing power in the main export destination markets.

In this context, concrete and effective measures are needed to enable the Portuguese textile and clothing industry to overcome the enormous challenges that lie ahead in the coming months, so that we can avoid the loss of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, the closure of thousands of companies , the degradation of a cluster that is unique in the European context and the loss of competitive capacity that was only conquered by the entrepreneurial spirit and the strong resilience of all the people who work daily in these sectors of activity.

After the meeting at the Ministry of Economy, the delegation of the textile sector met with Prime Minister António Costa, who was offered social masks, reusable and certified, produced in Portugal. The initiative aimed to raise awareness among the authorities of the importance of promoting sustainability, through the use of reusable textile masks, as well as national production.

The masks came from the following companies: Baptista and Soares; Calvelex, Estamparia Adalberto, Gleba, Couveia & Campos, Lameirinho, Marjomotex II, P&R Têxteis, Pafil, Pedrosa & Rodrigues, Riopele, Samofil, Silsa, Subida, Tintex and TMG.

The Portuguese textile and clothing industry represents 10% of exports of national goods, 20% of employment, 11% of GVA, 8% of production and turnover of the manufacturing industry, having exported 5.3 billion euros in 2019, billed 7.7 billion euros and employs 138,750 direct workers, according to the ATP.


Source: Jornal T