The legacy of the India International Trade Fair continues. The theme of the IITF 2017, an iconic business event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation(ITPO) will be ‘Start Up India’, announced by LC Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITPO, presenting the Awards for Excellence in Display to the winners of different categories at Shakuntalam Convention Centre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, on Sunday. The Award ceremony started with auspicious ‘ Sarswati Vandana’.
Present on the occasion were HE Vitaly A Prima, Ambassador, Belarus, Shubhra Singh, Executive Director, AK Sinha, Officer on Special Duty, J Gunasekaran, General Manager, ITPO, participants from India and overseas and media persons .
LC Goyal complimented the ‘Team ITPO’ as well as all supporting agencies for their better logistics, cleanliness, business generation, enhanced participation, security measures and visitorship as well as in highlighting contribution of the young entrepreneurs in nation-building under its theme ‘Digital India’.
He informed that the fair was visited by over 14 lakh visitors and came up to the expectation. He said that the organisation took elaborate steps to ensure the cash availability and encouraging cashless transactions with active support of the banks as well as increasing density of ATMs, which caused a positive impact on business transactions and overall footfall.
He reiterated that the IITF , a brand in itself, is synonymous with ITPO and would be organised in a new format as the organisation is poised to initiate its redevelopment plan Integrated Exhibition – cum – Convention Centre (IECC) for Pragati Maidan. All the states and central ministries would be provided suitable space as usual in IITF 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, HE Vitaly A Prima, Ambassador, Belarus highlighted important aspects of Indo- Belarus bilateral trade and commerce . He informed that as many as 70 companies participated in the fair. He also extended invitation to ITPO to participate in major exhibition in Belarus.
In her welcome address, Shubhra Singh highlighted new initiatives taken by ITPO for convenience of participants and visitors in the fair. ‘Vote of Thanks’ was proposed by J Gunasekaran, GM, ITPO. South Korea ‘Partner Country’, Belarus ‘Focus Country’ and Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand ‘Partner States’ and Haryana ‘Focus State’ were also awarded.
This year, the top honour of the Gold was presented to Kerala, the Silver Medal won by Gujrat in the States and Union Territories category, while in the category of North-East States, Meghalaya bagged the Gold Medal and commendation honour won by Tripura and Assam.
South Korea received the Gold Medal and Baharain received the Silver while Turkey and Myanmar were felicitated with commendation in the foreign sector.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Power bagged the Gold Medal and Silver Medal respectively in the Ministries and Department category while, the Ministry of Power Resources & River Development & Ganga Resources alongwith Income Tax Department were awarded with commendations.
The Coir Board bagged the Gold Medal, Jute Board received the Silver and Coconut Development Board & Carpet EPC received the commendations in PSUs, EPCs, and Commodity Boards & Banks category. In the Private Sector, M/s KAFF won the Gold Medal, IFB received the Silver Medal and Shyam Tilpati Udyog and Hershey’s received the commendations.
The ‘Digital India’ Pavilion, the theme pavilion was honoured with the Gold Medal. Bihar received the Gold and Assam won the Silver Medal in Swachh Bharat category.