The Shengze Summit for Sustainable Development and Regional Collaboration in Asia - An Event of the Asian Dialogues on Sustainable Production in the Textile and Garment Sector was held in Shengze, Jiangsu, the capital of Silk in China, on 28 May 2018. The event is co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), and the Shengze Town People’s Government.
Around 150 speakers and participants from the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industry and Information, CNTAC, producing associations of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam, Shengze Township People’s Government, Eastern Silk Market China, as well as China enterprises overseas, brands and NGOs have attended the Summit. They were there to discuss cross-cultural management in the textile and garment sector in Southeast Asia and advance sustainable production in the region.
In one of the event’s opening speeches, Country Director China Thorsten Giehler highlighted GIZ’s cooperation with China’s ministries and textile and garment sector to actively promote sustainable production in the region. He introduced the regional textile project ‘Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia’ and stressed the importance of cross-cultural management to advance the sector in the region.
Two keynote speeches supplemented the official part of the event, covering issues like the Sustainable Development Goals and the Belt and Road Initiative and the responsible transformation of the Chinese textile and garment sector. The panel discussions then moved onto exchanges of experiences of on cross cultural management in both Southeast Asian and Chinese perspectives.
Launches of initiatives and publications also added dynamics and references to the sustainable development in the textile and garment sector in the region. The Office for Social Responsibility of CNTAC launched the reports of Chinese textile and garment enterprises in 4 Asian countries, as well as the Sustainable Development Action Plan (2018-2020) of Overseas Chinese Textile and Garment Enterprises along the Belt and Road in hope of further promoting sustainability amongst the Chinese enterprises overseas in the sector. GIZ, along with producing associations of China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Pakistan, have also kicked off the regional information exchange platform - STAR website, laying the foundation for future cooperation.