The HKGCOT was established on 2nd June 1997 as a result of the restructuring of the China Textiles Products Dealers Alliance that was formed in the 1950s and 60s. The HKGCOT aimed at promoting, representing and protecting the interest of the textile and garment industry of Hong Kong.
For just 6 months after its establishment, the HKGCOT was recognized by the Hong Kong SAR Government as a “Textiles and Garment Functional Constituency” in the Legislative Council election. Currently, 7 of our members are Election Committee members. Member of Board of HKGCOT are also the voters for the Legislative Council Textiles and Garment Functional Constituency election. It enable HKGCOT to be a few chamber of commerce to be represented in the Legislative Council. The HKGCOT also has representatives in various governmental and non-governmental advisory committees, including the Textile and Clothing Training Board of the Vocational Training Council, the Garment Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Textile and Garment Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Trade and Industry Advisory Board. Several of our board members are also members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and deputies of the National People’s Congress.
Member Services and Promotion of Industry’s development
HKGCOT actively promotes cooperation between government, universities and research institutions to provide solutions for the industry regarding innovative technology and re-industrialization. The HKGCOT provides information of latest development, organizes visits & field trips, networking events, omni seminars and exhibitions. We help our member to gain access to government funding and recruiting talents. Honorary members of the HKGCOT include over 50 weathered pioneers of the industry, as well as experts on relevant technology R&D, design and market promotion, providing support and consultation for our member services and industry development.
Composition of Members
Members of the HKGCOT were largely originated from the China Textiles Products Dealers Alliance. Currently, there are hundreds of corporate members in the HKGCOT, including well- established and reputable companies in both Hong Kong and Mainland China that specialized in textile, printing and dyeing, garment, home textile, and manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of other apparel accessories.
Hong Kong Textile News and Website of the HKGCOT
With the global textile and garment trade entering a quota- free era since 2005, the market paradigm has switched competitions were keen. In order to navigate through the ever changing market, the HKGCOT had launched the “Hong Kong Textile News” as a monthly newspaper provide relevant information to the textile industry. Hong Kong Textile News is now a quarterly newspaper released along with Wen Wei Po, with sales of over 200,000 for each issue. There are 151 issues over the 17 years. And the content of our website (www.textileschamber.org) includes the introduction of HKGCOT, the events and updates of HKGCOT, industry trends, statistical information, interviews, etc.