The information was released by Dhyana Van der Pols, consultant of the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) under the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13. The conference, themed “Competitiveness of Vietnam Textile Industry: Perspective in the Eyes of International Experts”, was co-organised by the CBI and the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex). China came next in the rankings with a growth of 15%, followed by India with 10% and Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand with 7%. Vietnam’s rate is attributable to its political stability and low labour costs, Dhyana Van der Pols said, adding that the country attracts importers thanks to its ability to supply a wide range of garment products. She said that although Vietnam is not named in the top 10 textile and garment exporters to the European Union, a future free trade agreement (FTA) between the two sides is expected to open up an opportunity for Vietnam to increase its exports to the world’s largest apparel consumer.