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    Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair inaugurated by Zohra Chatterji, Secretary Textiles

     

     

    Export Council for Promotion of Handicrafts (EPCH) - catalyst for the growth of Indian Handicrafts

     

     

     

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    Secretary Textiles Declares The IHGF-Spring 2013 Open Amid Colourful Ceremony Greater Noida – February 08, 2013 – Mrs. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, declared the four-day-long 35th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF Spring) 2013, organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), open at a colourful ceremony here today. While inaugurating the IHGF, the Secretary exhorted that “any growth in business of handicrafts, always results in increase of employment for the craftpersons and artisans thereby helping them in poverty alleviation and obtaining better living conditions. This is one of the reasons that Government has accorded a special place to the handicrafts sector and provides all support.” Handicrafts have always occupied an important status in the social and economic life as most of the handicrafts are produced by craftspersons and artisans and other belonging to economically and socially back sections of the society and that oo in the far flung areas the country, she mentioned.

     

    Mrs. Chatterji complimented the efforts of the handicrafts exporting community saying that after a steep decline during recession, the exports of handicrafts have again picked up and urged them to keep up the tempo and maintain the rate of growth. “I would also like to add that rate in growth of exports, though, a result of the efforts of the exporting community, yet the facilities and support extended by Govt. of India cannot be under scored,” she added. Many schemes for providing marketing support, creation of infrastructure, welfare of the artisans and craftspersons have already been introduced by the Govt. of india and it also plans to help the sector in improving the production base through infrastructural facilities, the Secretary elaborated.

     

    Mrs. Chatterji also lauded the role of EPCH in promotion of exports of handicrafts through aggressive marketing by way of exhibitions, trade fairs, Folk Craft Festival of India, brand image promotion, buyer-seller meets, visit of delegation etc. Mrs. Valerica Epure, Ambassador of Romania, was also present at the fair opening ceremony and graced the occasion. Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Arvind Vadhera, Chairman-EPCH compared with the first handicrafts fair in 1994 participated by only 313 exhibitors in a space covering 5000 sq. mtrs in Pragati Maidan and after 18 years handicrafts sector made phenomenal progress and today covering the entire complex of India Expo Centre & Mart covering about 2,39,000 sq mtres area with around 2300 exhibitors drawn from the entire country with product range spanning over 1000 types of varieties of the handicrafted products which shows the success of this sector. The exports of handicrafts which had steeply declined a few years ago due to recession in the world market have shown a very promising trend with a very impressive growth rate during the last few years. The growth last year alone was more 23%, he said. Mr. Vadhera further mentioned that Handicrafts exports registered an increase of 39.64% during the first ten (April-January) months of the year 2012-13 over the previous corresponding period. The exports during first ten months of the current fiscal were to the tune of Rs. 12,556.45 crore up by Rs. 3564.33 crore. Further, export target of Rs. 15,500 crore (USD 3,300 million) during 2012-13 will be surpassed, Mr Vadhera elaborated.

     

    EPCH Chairman attributed the reasons for this impressive growth to the dynamic efforts of exporters not only in aggressive marketing but also in the product innovation, development suiting to the world market. The Council, as usual, played its catalytic role for developing and promoting handicrafts trade through various means of participating in trade fairs and exhibitions. This year, the IHGF has three important attractions including an exclusive pavilion set up by Chhattisgarh Handicrafts Development Board, Jammu and Kashmir will be highlighting exclusive display set up Jammu and Kashmir Chambers of Commerce and the products from North Eastern State will, as usual, be highlighted to attract the attention of the overseas buyers, he informed. EPCH Chairman further mentioned that like in the past, this year too response of the overseas buyers has been encouraging. It is estimated that more than 5000 overseas buyers from Americas, Europe, Middle East, Far East, Latin America and Central Asia would be visiting and sourcing their requirement at this fair. EPCH expects that this edition of the fair, will give further boost to exports efforts of the participating companies. The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts products.

     

    Mrs. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles (Centre) today cutting the ribbon at the inauguration of the 35th IHGF Spring 2013 to declare the fair open. Also in the picture are :Mr. S.S. Gupta, DC (Handicrafts), Mr. Arvind Vadhera, Chairman-EPCH. To her left is Ms. Valerica Epure, Ambassador of Romania in India. Mr. Rakesh Kumar , Executive Director –EPCH & Mr. R.K. Malhotra, Past Chairman-EPCH.

     

     

    The 35th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Spring 2013) will kickstart tomorrow at the exclusively built world class venue of India Expo Centre & Mart here to welcome over 5000 overseas buyers from across the globe enabling them to source their requirements from a wide range of 950 product lines, designs, styles, raw material base and concepts showcased by over 2400 Indian exhibitors.

     

     

    Secretary Textiles Mrs. Zohra Chatterji keenly looking at an handicraft product at a stand. Also in the picture are Mr. Rakesh Kumar Executive Director – EPCH & Mr. S.S. Gupta DC Handicrafts.

     

     

    Rush of foreign buyers at the registration counters on the opening day of the 35th IHGF Spring 2013.

     

     

    Greater Noida/New Delhi –February 07, 2013-- The 35th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Spring 2013)

     

     

     

    Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair inaugurated by Zohra Chatterji, Secretary Textiles

     

     

    Soothing Vande Matram by provincial army band in Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair

     

     

     

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    The 35th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (IHGF-Spring 2013) will kickstart tomorrow at the exclusively built world class venue of India Expo Centre & Mart here to welcome over 5000 overseas buyers  from across the globe enabling them to source their requirements from a wide range of 950 product lines, designs, styles, raw material base and concepts showcased by over 2400 Indian exhibitors.

     

    Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the Asia’s largest handicrafts fair, being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).

     

    The four-day-long IHGF, a B2B mega show aimed at providing a platform to the exporting as well as importing community of the world to conduct business based on mutual interest, is a flagship event of the Council held bi-annually in the months of February and October known as IHGF-Spring and IHGF-Autumn respectively.

     

    IHGF has acquired the reputation of ‘One Stop Sourcing Event’ amongst the overseas buying community and ‘most effective marketing medium’ amongst Indian exporting community. It also plays a vital role in increasing the foreign exchange earnings for the country. 

     

    A total of 2443 participants including 558 from Uttar Pradesh, 516 from New Delhi & North, 356 from Rajasthan, 53 from West, 38 from East and 22 from South besides 900 permanent marts will be displaying a wide variety of Handicrafts at this show comprising major product categories of  giftsware, kitchenware, decorative, furnishing, furniture, tableware, gardenware, houseware and fashion accessories, according to Mr.  Arvind Vadhera, Chairman-EPCH.

     

    The product range on display at the fair will be suitable for meeting requirement of all types of buyers ranging from low, middle and top end consumers. More than 5,000 foreign buyers from all across the globe besides buying houses based in India representing overseas clients are expected to visit this mega fair for sourcing their requirements of handicrafts under one roof spread over 100,000 sq. metres, Mr Vadhera said.

     

    Special efforts are also being undertaken by the Council to bring Indian Retail Industry to source their requirements from the fair where eco-friendly products made out of different raw material bases like wood, cane and bamboo, textiles of natural fibres, wool, silk, jute, coir, leather, terracotta, lacquer will be on focus, said Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director of EPCH.

     

    Three Seminars will be organized during the fair first on Integrated marketing opportunities for Crafts of Chhattisgarh, second on Trend Forecasts and Product Directions for the Home Market on 09th February 2013 and another on European Union Timber Regulation – A Challenge for Exports of Wooden Handicrafts on the penultimate day of  the show i.e. on 10th February , 2013, the Executive Director informed.

     

    Highlight of the 35th edition IHGF will be an exclusive pavilion set on Chhattisgarh Handicrafts for displaying crafts like Korundam, wooden art, bell metal, wrought iron, dry flowers, gonad art etc.  Since, Chhattisgarh is lagging behind in exports from other states, this exclusive display will provide special opportunity to boost their export efforts, EPCH Chairman informed.

     

    The Jammu and Kashmir pavilion will have 40 participants and artisans to highlight an exclusive display while the products of North Eastern States will, as usual, will be highlighted in a separate area to attract the attention of the buyers, he added .

     

    Handicrafts exports registered an increase of 39.64% during the first ten (April-January) months of the year 2012-13 over the previous corresponding period.  The exports during first ten months of the current fiscal were to the tune of Rs. 12,556.45 crore up by Rs. 3564.33 crore. Further, export target of Rs. 15,500 crore (USD 3,300 million) during 2012-13 will be surpassed, Mr Vadhera elaborated.    

     

    The EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion of exports of handicrafts products from India and projects India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts products.

     

    From L to R—Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director-EPCH, Mr. R.K. Malhotra, Past Chairman-EPCH, Mr. Girish Agarwal, President Reception Committee-IHGF Spring 2013 and Mr. Arvind Vadhera, Chairman-EPCH addressing the media at a curtain raiser Press Meet today on the four-day 35th Indian Handicrafts & Gifts Fair (Spring) 2013 beginning tomorrow at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.

     

     

    35th Indian Handicrafts & gift Fair (Spring)2013 at India Expo Centre & Mart Greater Noida

     

     

    35th Indian Handicrafts and Gift Fair SPRING2013 at India Expo Centre and mart Greater Noida

     

     

     

     

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