Padma Shri Dr. A. Sakthivel has been unanimously elected as the Vice Chairman of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) for the period 2018-19. Dr. A. Sakthivel has previously been the Chairman of AEPC for three tenures in the year 1998, 2004 & 2012 and has also been a member of Executive Committee of AEPC for the last 35 years. During his earlier tenures, he had steered projects like the Knitwear Technology Mission, the Sector Skill Council for Apparel, a national Social Compliance Project for apparel sector and several other initiatives for holistic development of the sector.