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The one-stop sourcing event

The one-stop sourcing event
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Autumn is the perfect weather for visitors from across the country to experience India’s offers at Asia’s biggest and the most significant business to business event - Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IGHF) Delhi Fair - Autumn 2014. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has organised this five-day B2B event that kicked off on 14 October at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.

The 38th edition of the fair is bigger and bolder with much more of space, exhibitors, sectors, products, facilities and of course, more days. Over  4,000 buyers from over 57 countries are expected to attend this fair. This year the emphasis is  given on highlighting and providing infrastructure, facilities and environment condusive for business, excellence and varied product range.

Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textile (Independent Charge), inaugurated the  trade event. While addressing the guest at the inaugural ceremony, Gangwar said, ‘The exports of handicrafts have been rising consistently on an annual growth rate of 15 per cent per annum, yet there is need for upgrading the production techniques, skills and design. To increase the export it is important to focus new and emerging markets such as CIS, China and Japan’.

SK Biswas, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Lekhraj Maheshwari, Chairman, EPCH, Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH were also present at the inaugural ceremony. Kumar said ‘We have attempted to make the fair bigger, bolder, longer and easier for buyers to source their requirement. We are confident that these efforts will brings usefull business results’.

The trade show exhibits products from more than 2400 exhibitors spread over spread over 15 halls covering approximately 1, 90, 000 square meters space. A wide mixture of handicrafts, gifts and decorative, stationery, home furnishing, home textiles, housewares, and jewelry etc. are displayed at the show. Buyers can have the opportunity to order directly from artisans.

The show will also feature cultural programmes and fashion shows all throughout it is on. Folk dance from Rajasthan and Manipuri, playing of instruments like - nagaras from Rajasthan and Haryana, flute recitation, jaltarang, tabala, saxophone and violin etc. has been organised at different locations that infact imparts the cultural richness of our country among the foreign buyers.
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