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[PHOTOS] India International Mega Trade Fair kicks off in Kolkata


Arnab Mitra

Kolkata: The 14th India International Mega Trade Fair kicked off on December 17 in presence of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Zokey Ahad, at the Science City grounds in Kolkata. This year several Indian states and more than 10 countries participated in the fair with Bangladesh as the guest country.

Aditya Tiyagi, the vice-president of GS Marketing Associates said, “This is the 14th edition of this trade fair and like every year we are expecting a huge footfall and good business.”

Iqbal, a Turkish businessman who participated in this festival with his decorated hand-made light works said, “Kolkata is an amazing and beautiful city, so I have travelled miles to share my work with the art-lovers of Kolkata.”

Ruswarna Begum, Bangladeshi trader said, “Bangladeshi Jamdani is always a hot choice for the Bengalis in Kolkata. We have got a huge response and within four days we have made a huge profit of around 30 lakhs.”

Shalini Ganguly, a visitor to the fair, said, “It’s lovely over here. It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to avail various products from so many countries under one umbrella. I have bought Afghani dry fruits and two jamdani sarees for my mother-in-law and me.”

The 10-day festival will end on December 27. The next episode of the fair will start again from December 15 in 2016.

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Narendra Modi’s Make in India drawing crowds to trade fair


New Delhi: The 35th edition of India’s largest trade fair has commenced on a high note here, drawing huge crowds to the sprawling Pragati Maidan fairgrounds on the very first day, some of the sellers attributing the overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India mantra.

Over 7,000 domestic and foreign firms are participating in the India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2015. Firms from 28 countries are participating.

As a partner country, Afghanistan had its own pavilion at the exposition with around 50 stalls selling handmade jewellery, watches, world renowned Afghani carpets, kaftans, saffron and dry fruit which is a hot seller.

As one enters the pavilion, there are stalls adorned with garlands of dry figs and the aroma of saffron in the area. And, aiming at potential women buyers, is the Afghani Lapis Lazuli stoned jewellery.

“Considering it’s the start of the fair, we have had a very good sale and have noticed huge numbers of buyers compared to the previous years. India’s push for Make in India could be doing the trick,” said Shirin Qahraman, a woman entreprenuer from Kabul.

Qahraman’s store has an exclusive collection of Lapis Lazuli neck-pieces, rings and bracelets. The neck-pieces start at Rs 2,000 and go as high as Rs 10,000.

For Sado Zai, 32, a retail carpet seller from Kabul, the fair has been extremely helpful in marketing his products across the world.

“The trade fair has been enabling us showcase our products to people around the world. I now have a few clients in India who import my carpets regularly. Through Make in India project, we are exploring ways to set up a business here,” Zai told agencies as he exhibited his wares.

The Afghani carpets are priced anywhere between Rs.5,000 and Rs.50,000, depending on their size.

As enthusiastic were the sellers about the fair, many expressed concern that the rent they have to pay for their stalls has skyrocketed.

“For a stall of 10×6 feet, manned by two people, the rent is as high as $4,500 for the (two-week) duration of the fair. If this continues, it would be difficult for us to return in future,” Qahraman said.

Also grabbing eyeballs at the fair were Turkish stalls with their bright glass lamps, ceramics and the well-known Turkish tea pots.

The Chinese pavilion is displaying a large number of technology-related products like water purifiers, energy-saving room heaters and food processors, among others.

Indian khadi stalls – with products from across the country – are also a huge hit. Stall owners hoped their earnings would reach the Rs.6-8 lakh mark with the government’s push for the sector.

Rashi Kumar, a bank professional, has been visiting the fair for the past 10 years and said the variety of products displayed by foreign participants is much better this year.

“I have noticed many new countries participating this year, with a wider variety of products,” Kumar said, although the organizers last year announced the participation of delegations from 41 countries.

(Bhavana Akella, IANS)

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India’s largest trade fair opens with exhibitors from 28 nations


New Delhi: The 35th edition of India’s largest trade fair kicked off on Saturday at the sprawling Pragati Maidan grounds here with President Pranab Mukherjee calling it an opportunity for India to strengthen its bilateral trade relations with the world.

“The India International Trade Fair (IITF) is a brand name enjoying recognition from around the world.

This annual celebration of trade is to develop our (India’s) bilateral relations with the rest of the world,” Mukherjee said in his inaugural address here.

The two-week exposition concludes on November 27, with the first five days reserved exclusively for business visitors.

The Commerce and Industry Ministry Nirmala Sitharaman said the event is of a “global stature” and would see participation by at least 28 countries.

This edition of IITF will follow the theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative “Make in India”,

This year, while Afghanistan is the partner country, Bangladesh has been roped in as the focus country.

Within India, Goa and Jharkhand are partner states, while Madhya Pradesh is the focus state.

According to the organisers, over 7,000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair.

The overseas participation is from countries including Egypt, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey and the UAE.

The last year’s event saw a footfall of over 1.4 million, registering a nine percent increase in the number of visitors in 2013.

This apart, 63 business delegations from 41 countries, apart from a large number of people from foreign missions in Delhi, also visited the fair.