Delhi In­ter­na­tional Leather Expo Ended With Suc­cess

Shoes & Accessories - - The Month That Was -

The first edi­tion of the Delhi In­ter­na­tional Leather Expo (DILEX) - Re­verse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) was held from Septem­ber 28-29, 2018 at The Leela Am­bi­ence Ho­tel & Res­i­dences, Gu­ru­gram, NCT of Delhi. In line with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s vi­sion of ‘Make In In­dia’, RBSM was cre­ated as a plat­form for the In­dian leather in­dus­try to show­case its com­pet­i­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices. The show wit­nessed more than 50 buy­ers from about 20 plus coun­tries from Europe, Africa, ASEAN, CIS, and MEA over the two days.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Mukhtarul Amin, Chair­man - Coun­cil for Leather Ex­ports said," We now have well es­tab­lished tan­ner­ies, large shoe fac­to­ries, dif­fer­ent leather clus­ters in places like Chen­nai and Kan­pur, and state-of-the-art tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes pro­vid­ing well-trained work force. We are the sec­ond largest pro­ducer of footwear, and our in­dus­try is worth $18bn. In or­der to en­hance de­sign, we have con­tacted de­sign­ers from sev­eral coun­tries so that fac­to­ries can get it touch with them to im­prove their de­sign ca­pac­ity. We have also been or­gan­is­ing a de­signer-spe­cific fair to en­sure that the short­com­ing is ad­dressed. All these have been made pos­si­ble be­cause of the com­mit­ment our gov­ern­ment has given to the in­dus­try."

Men­tion may be made that Com­merce and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu launched a ` 2,600 crore spe­cial pack­age for the leather and footwear in­dus­try. It is ex­pected it will help gen­er­ate around three lakh jobs. Prabhu launched it while in­au­gu­rat­ing the 33rd edi­tion of In­dia In­ter­na­tional Leather Fair. The min­is­ter was quoted that the Cen­tre is im­ple­ment­ing a holis­tic strat­egy to “re­ju­ve­nate and rein­vent” the coun­try’s leather sec­tor. The strat­egy, he said,backed by a ` 2,600 crore pack­age, sought to touch on var­i­ous key im­per­a­tives such as tech­nol­ogy upgra­da­tion, hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment and en­hanc­ing mar­ket ac­cess for the ex­porters.

CLE'S Vice-chair­man Aqeel Ahmed thanked the gov­ern­ment for its un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.

(L-R) Moti­lal Sethi, Pu­ran Dawar-re­gional Chair­man-n, CLE, Mukhtarul Amin-chair­man, CLE, Subash Kapoor-con­vener-rbsm Com­mit­tee, Delhi In­ter­na­tional Leather Expo, Aqeel Ah­mad-vice Chair­man, CLE

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