TRADE FAIR BE­GINS

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind along with Suresh Prabhu un­veiled the Pra­gati Maidan trade fair for the peo­ple to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween Novem­ber 18 and 27

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Based on the theme of ‘Startup Standup’, the much awaited 37th In­dia In­ter­na­tional trade fair (IITF) kick-started on Novem­ber 14 with a par­tic­i­pa­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 21 coun­tries and 3000 com­pa­nies. Ram Nath Kovind, Pres­i­dent of In­dia, in­au­gu­rated the an­nual flag­ship event of In­dia Trade Pro­mo­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ITPO) at Ham­sad­hwani The­atre, Pra­gati Maidan, New Delhi. The ‘busi­ness days’ for the mega fair fall from Novem­ber 14 to 17 whereas for the gen­eral pub­lic, the fair will be open from Novem­ber 18 to 27.

The 37th IITF has Viet­nam as the part­ner coun­try, the Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic in Cen­tral Asia as the ‘fo­cus coun­try’ and Jhark­hand as the part­ner state.

Among the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, In­done­sia, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Myan­mar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thai­land, Turkey, Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic, Nether­lands, UAE, UK, and Viet­nam are a few names.

First lady, Savita Kovind also graced the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony along with Suresh Prabhu, Min­is­ter of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, C.R. Choud­hary, Min­is­ter of State for Com­merce and In­dus­try, C.P. Singh, Ur­ban

De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Jhark­hand, Sa­margiul Adamkulova, Am­bas­sador, Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic, Ton Sinh Thanh, Am­bas­sador, So­cial­ist Re­pub­lic of Viet­nam and L.C. Goyal, Chair­man-cum-man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ITPO.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ram Nath Kovind said, “In­dia In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair 2017 takes place at a point when In­dia is rec­og­nized as one of the bright spots of the global econ­omy. The world has ac­knowl­edged the changed busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try and the strides made in do­ing busi­ness. The in­tro­duc­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) has been a mile­stone. It has bro­ken down bar­ri­ers be­tween states.”

Com­pli­ment­ing ITPO for the IITF 2017 as well as the on­go­ing re­de­vel­op­ment plan of Pra­gati Maidan as In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion-cum-con­ven­tion Cen­tre (IECC), the Pres­i­dent pointed out that ITPO is con­sis­tently de­liv­er­ing IITF as a world-class event and IECC is one that is suited to In­dia’s stature as a ris­ing econ­omy. He evinced keen in­ter­est to visit the com­plex when it would be set up by the year 2019.

He ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness over the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Viet­nam as a ‘Part­ner Coun­try’ and Kyr­gyzs­tan as the ‘Fo­cus Coun­try’ in the fair. He also re­it­er­ated that Viet­nam, a val­ued friend and a mem­ber of ASEAN is a pil­lar of In­dia’s ‘Act East Pol­icy’ while, the Kyr­gyz Re­pub­lic is part of Cen­tral Asia, a re­gion that is one of In­dia’s old­est trad­ing des­ti­na­tions. Kyr­gyz-in­dia trade is di­verse and ranges from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs to com­modi­ties. The scope for growth is im­mense.

In his key­note ad­dress, Suresh Prabhu com­mended ITPO for con­tin­u­ing the legacy of fairs in­clud­ing IITF, es­pe­cially when re­de­vel­op­ment of Pra­gati Maidan is un­der ways. The Min­is­ter in­formed that hold­ing this edi­tion of the fair with im­proved lo­gis­tics, Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try is mak­ing all pos­si­ble ef­forts to pro­vide a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for the em­pow­er­ment of In­dia’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Tick­ets for ‘busi­ness days’ visit to the In­dia In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (IITF) are avail­able at 42 Delhi Metro sta­tions in­clud­ing Dil­shad Gar­den, Rithala, ITO, Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid, Jan­path, La­j­pat Na­gar, Govind Puri, Badarpur, Es­corts Mu­je­sar, New Delhi, Dhaula Kuan, Sikan­der­pur, Huda City Cen­tre and Noida City Cen­tre, across all cor­ri­dors. Busi­ness vis­i­tor reg­is­tra­tion coun­ters are at Gate No. 1 (of Pra­gati Maidan) and a ticket is priced at Rs 500.

“For the gen­eral pub­lic, tick­ets will be sold from Novem­ber 18 at the metro sta­tions. The en­try tick­ets for the gen­eral pub­lic, how­ever, would be avail­able at all sta­tions, in­clud­ing on the Air­port Ex­press Line, ex­cept the Pra­gati Maidan Metro Sta­tion,” the DMRC said.

From Novem­ber 18, the fair will be open to all vis­i­tors with a ticket price of Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for chil­dren. How­ever, on Satur­day and Sun­day as well as any hol­i­day be­tween Novem­ber 18-27, the ticket price for adults will be Rs 120 and Rs 60 for chil­dren.

Pics/ Naveen Sharma

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