ESTABLISHMENT

The economic importance of the intimate apparel sector of Hong Kong's clothing industry has gained a significant pace over the past decades. There has been a need for a body corporate representative of the industry to foster closer communication among industry players and with government bodies, and to sustain their interests in ensuring sustainable development and prosperity. To fulfill this meaningful aspiration, the Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries' Association Ltd. (HKIAIA) was formally established and incorporated on 1 December 2003.

HKIAIA currently has over 100 members, comprising manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and sourcing agents of finished undergarments, swimwear, lingerie, sleepwear and the raw materials used in their manufacture.

The founding members of HKIAIA have a common aspiration and commitment towards safeguarding and promoting the interests of the intimate apparel industries. HKIAIA aims to work in close collaboration with relevant government bodies, trade associations and industry support organizations and contribute towards the economic well being of Hong Kong as a whole.

OBJECTIVES OF HKIAIA

(1) To promote learning, research, education and training in the intimate apparel and related industries.
(2) To enhance communication, interaction and cooperation among members and to establish liaison with and convey collective views to government bodies, trade or industrial organizations in Hong Kong and overseas.
(3) To develop, foster and promote the best practices in the industries.

To achieve these objectives, five dedicated sub-committees have been set up to look after specific areas of activities:

(1) Government Liaison Office
(2) Trade Association Liaison
(3) Training & Education
(4) Trade Promotion
(5) Membership Affairs

MEMBERSHIP CLASS

HKIAIA has three classes of membership:

(1) Association Members
   
  Association Members are further divided into three categories :
   
(a) Category A
   
 
The membership of Category A is for such sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other body corporate or unincorporate, registered under the Business Registration Ordinance of Hong Kong and whose core business is in the manufacturing of finished undergarments, swimwear, lingerie and/or sleepwear for ultimate sale to consumers.
   
(b) Category B
   
 
The membership of Category B is for such sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other body corporate or unincorporate, registered under the Business Registration Ordinance of Hong Kong and whose core business is in the manufacturing and supply of raw materials for use in undergarments, swimwear, lingerie and/or sleepwear.
   
(c) Category C
   
 
The membership of Category C is for such sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other body corporate or unincorporate, registered under the Business Registration Ordinance of Hong Kong and whose core business is in the buying for resale or distribution of finished undergarments, swimwear, lingerie and/or sleepwear.
   
  Association Members have voting rights.
   
(2) Individual Members
   
 
Any individual with an interest in the work, or sharing the same objectives, of the Association may apply to become an Individual Member of the Association. Individual Members have no voting rights.
   
(3) Honorary Members
   
 
This category of member is by invitation only, e.g. former chairman or chairmen of the Association may be invited to become honorary chairman or honorary co-chairman of the Association; suitable person(s) / company may be invited to become honorary adviser, honorary legal adviser or honorary auditor of the Association etc. Honorary Members have no voting rights.
   
(4) Affiliate Members
   
 
Any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other body corporate or unincorporate, registered under the Business Registration Ordinance (Cap. 310) with an interest in the work, or sharing the same objects, of the Association but that does not meet the admission requirements of Association Members may apply to become an Affiliate Member of the Association. Affiliate Members have no voting rights.
   
(5) Overseas Members
   
 
Any overseas sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other body corporate or unincorporate, not registered under the Business Registration Ordinance (Cap. 310), whose core business is the manufacturing or the buying for sale of undergarments, swimwear, lingerie, sleepwear and related fabrics, trims and accessories, or who has an interest in the work, or sharing the same objects, of the Association (for example, computer system suppliers, computer software suppliers, training institutes, etc.), may apply to become an Overseas Member of the Association. Overseas Members have no voting rights.


 
 
 
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