IHGF declared country's leading trade show
Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair has been declared a leading trade show by Indian Exhibition Industry Association during the 9th edition of IEIA open seminar being held from June 13 -15, 2019 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida. The IHGF is one amongst other eight shows such as IITF, Auto Expo, Iconic Indian exhibitions, ELECRAMA, India ITME IMTEX, and Plast India declared as leading shows of India; and play a key role as a multiplier of economic growth of the Country.
IEIA open seminar is a platform to build business network, explore partnership, share knowledge, discuss concerns and address industry challenges for building a stronger industry. This year's edition is being attended by more than 800 exhibition industry professionals from around 28 countries.
Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary was the Chief Guest during the inauguration of the IEIA Open seminar on June 13, 2019. Commerce Secretary assured support to the exhibition sector and in particular to India Expo Centre and Mart.
Kumar while receiving the award along with team of EPCH said, right since its inception in 1986, EPCH has been playing a stellar role in projecting India's image abroad as a reliable source of inimitable handcrafted items being produced and manufactured by more than 7 million artisans and craftspersons scattered in different craft clusters of the Country.
He further said that receiving the award for IHGF as leading trade show in India took him down the memory lanes when EPCH organized Indian Handicrafts & Gifts [ IHGF] for the first time. With the passage of time, the show progressed in leaps and bounds. The IHGF has been revamped, renamed as IHGF-Delhi Fair with a new theme, bigger space, grander in product display and longer in duration.
Looking at the largest participation by Indian Handicrafts exhibitors, Limca Book of World Records have recognised IHGF-Delhi Fair as world largest congregation of handicrafts exhibitors under one roof.
Kumar informed that IHGF-Delhi fair is playing a vital role in increasing handicrafts exports from the Country apart from providing employment to artisans belonging to weaker sections of the society. Since the inception of EPCH, numerous export promotion efforts have brought about a sea change in India's handicrafts exports. Kumar said that credit goes to handicrafts exporting community in achieving IHGF as the leading trade show in the Country and for posing faith in the Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair for the last more than 24 years and also to the International buying community from all across the globe who year after year is increasing to visit and source the requirement of home, lifestyle, textiles, and fashion products from IHGF-Delhi Fair.