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FDDI, India signs MoU with Centro Tecnologico de Calcado de (CTCP), Portugal

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Centro Tecnologico de Calcado de (CTCP), Portugal on 07th April 2021.

The MoU was exchanged during the 5th session of India-Portugal Joint Economic Commission on 9th April 2021, by Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI and Ambassador of Portugal to India, His Excellency Carlos Pereira Marques.

Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State Commerce and Industry, Government of India, co-chaired the 5th session India-Portugal Joint Economic Commission, where Ms. Nidhi Mani Tripathi, Joint Secretary (JS), Department of Commerce (DoC), Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MOC&I), Mr. Rajendra Ratnoo, JS, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), MOC&I, Mr. Y. P. Dhewal, Deputy Secretary, DoC, MOC&I were also present and extensive discussion on areas of bilateral trade and economic cooperation was held.


FDDI, an ‘Institution of National Importance’ as per FDDI Act, 2017 is among one of the few Institutions (University of Northampton-UK, DE Montfort University-UK & Thomas Bata University-Zlin) in the world providing higher education in the niche area of Footwear and Leather Products Design, Manufacturing and Management.


CTCP is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 with the incorporation of a footwear quality control laboratory created in 1981. CTCP was created by Component and Leather Goods Manufacturers Association (APICCAPS) and two Governmental Institutes of the Portuguese Ministry of Economy (IAPMEI and INETI).

Its main objectives are to provide technical support to companies in the footwear sector, supporting them in their different activities related to their business strategies.

This MoU will aid in collaboration and partnership between the two institutions in the areas of consulting assignments and sectoral studies, industrial trainings, laboratory testing operations, R&D activities as well as capacity building programmes across the countries.

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