Vyapar 2017 Kerala Business-to-Business Meet
A . C. Moideen, Minister for Industries, said that Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) sector is a robust platform to employ the skills of expatriate Malayalis returning to the state due to the recent nationalisation drives in the countries where they work. This is a sector that has always been a reflection of the distinctiveness of Kerala, and this generation and future generations can find employment in the state through SMEs,” while inaugurating Vyapar 2017, the sixth edition of Kerala Business-to-Business Meet.
The bright side to the challenge of skill development is that the government recognizes India's favourable demographic dividend and is shouldering the responsibility of providing employment to millions of youth in a big way.
Vyapar 2017 shall bring innovative and creative interventions and find sustainable models of development, apart from reaching out with the state's products to national and international buyers, remarked the minister during the inaugural address at the three-day Business to Business Meet organised by the Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala in association with FICCI as the Trade & Industry Partner from February 2-4, 2017 in Kochi.
S. Sarma, MLA, in his presidential address, commented that there is business-friendly environment for the SMEs in Kerala and Vyapar 2017 is a farsighted programme to get businesses and buyers involved in the sector.
“The presence of the special delegates is a proof that the state's MSME Business-to-Business Meet is gaining importance internationally and has the potential to attract more international interest in future,” stated Prof K. V. Thomas, MP.
“The B2B meetings would be followed up with an e-platform, a permanent marketing portal for interactions between buyers and sellers, which would also help consolidate the gains of such B2B meetings,” remarked Paul Antony, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries). “We have to follow the model of the Tourism Department, which has successfully tapped into Digital and Social Media Marketing; noting that the marketing portal would be a permanent medium for interaction between sellers and buyers,” he added.
“Buyers were selected through a stringent screening process after evaluating the laxities of the last two editions of the meet,” said P.M. Francis, Director, Industries and Commerce. “The number of foreign buyers increased this and the largest international delegation was from Japan,” he said.
“Vyapar 2017 is not only a forum for multilateral cooperation; but also for exchange of technologies in the SME sector that is fuelling Kerala's impressive growth,” said Dr. M. Beena, Managing Director, KSIDC.
“We received very good response from buyers and sellers during registration as this was the third consecutive year of business-to-business meet,” remarked V Rajagopal, CEO, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP), the nodal agency for the Kerala Business to Business Meet. “When compared to the last edition, we had potential buyers on board for Vyapar 2017, ensuring good business to the sellers,” he observed.
“The best feature of 'Vyapar 2017' is that it is totally focused on the business engagements with three days dedicated for pre-fixed Business to Business meetings,” said Deepak L Aswani, Co-Chair, FICCI Kerala State Council. He added, “FICCI will always work as a natural partner with the state government to the cause of economic and industrial and trade development of Kerala thereby fostering, investment, joint ventures, and development of trade in the state of Kerala.”
Viji Shajan, President, Mulavukad Grama Panchayat and Damodar Avanoor, State President, KSSIA also spoke. Paul Thachil, Rapol Saniplast Pvt Ltd, Chalakkudy, won the bestseller award from the Minister-Industries for the participation at the B2B meet in the last edition.
Of the registered 331 sellers for 'Vyapar 2017', 200 sellers were scrutinised and finalised by a team, headed by the Industries and Commerce Director, for participation. The highest participation is from food processing sector with 87 registrations. Other small-scale industries, including handlooms & textiles, rubber, coir products, Ayurveda & herbal, electrical & electronics as well as traditional industry sectors have registered for the event. The list also includes state-run enterprises.
Food processing sector, which had the largest representation, received the most number of enquiries. Compared to the last edition, there were more potential buyers on board for Vyapar 2017, ensuring good business to the sellers.
The meet organised by the Department of Industries & Commerce for MSMEs witnessed more than 7,300 business interactions during the three days. As many as 478 buyers, including 112 international delegates, participated in the meet. Also, 334 business visitors from Kerala attended the event on the third day.
Business enquiries and orders worth Rs. 400 crore were generated during Vyapar 2017.
A. C. Moideen, Minister for Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Kerala, addressing “Vyapar 2017. Also seen are: V Rajagopal, CEO, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP); P.M. Francis, Director, Industries and Commerce; Dr. M. Beena, Managing Director, KSIDC; Prof K. V. Thomas, Member of Parliament; S. Sarma, Member of Legislative Assembly; Paul Antony, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries); Deepak L Aswani, Co-Chairman, FICCI Kerala State Council and Damodar Avanoor, State President, KSSIA.