Cambodia will be the venue next month of one of the biggest and most important gatherings of stakeholders in the garment sector in Southeast Asia. According to the official website of the event, the Textile and Apparel SEA Summit 2019 will be held in Phnom Penh on Oct 28 and 29. The venue for the event has yet to be disclosed.

The organisers are expecting 100 to 500 attendees, including government officials and representatives from companies in India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China, and other countries. Ten to 50 exhibitors are also expected to display their products and services at the event.

The event comes after the Kingdom hosted the 8th Cambodia International Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition last month, which also drew foreign attendees and exhibitors. Bruce Zhang, a member of the organising committee, said there is much to learn and gain from the event. The event is being organized by SZ&W Group, a leading event organiser in Asia.

The event website says the major topics that will be discussed are: The influence of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on the region’s textile and apparel industry; apparel procurement; different trends in the region’s labour markets; and the latest government policy on investment in the industry.

The organisers have invited industry leaders and experts from all over the world to speak at the event, including representatives of the International Apparel Federation, US-ASEAN Business Council, Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce, Vietnam Textile and Apparel Associations, Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia, Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, China Textile Information Center, and the Textile Association of India.