Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Monday left on a four–day visit to France and Germany as the head of a high-level delegation to attract foreign investments into the sector as part of a mission to integrate the Indian textile industry with the global textiles manufacturing system.

During the visit, Mr. Maran and his team would seek to get large textile and clothing brands in the two European countries to think in terms of setting up manufacturing bases in India for their global markets, apart from tapping the growing domestic market for textiles and apparels in keeping with his mantra of ‘manufacture in India, sell in India and make money in India’. This would be the second phase of the Textile Minister’s mission to attract foreign investments. In the first phase, in October, he had visited Switzerland, Italy and Turkey. The delegation is scheduled to meet some of the top firms in France and Germany.