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New Delhi, June 19

In an attempt to boost exports of leather products, the Council of Leather Exports plans to set up `leather help desks' in key overseas markets. The `help desks' would provide a platform for the marketing of Indian leather goods in markets, including Germany, the US and the UK, an Indian Leather Garments Association (ILGA) release said here. A leather help desk is already functioning in Italy. CLE is targeting an export turnover of $7 billion by 2010-12, from the current level of $2.3 billion. Other measures initiated by CLE include the formulation of a leather policy on the lines of IT and textile sectors. A Leather Design Centre was also set up earlier as a joint venture between the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the ILGA and the CLE, it said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated June 20, 2006)
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