UNION MINISTER OF STATE FOR COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO INAUGURATE THE BRAIN STORMING SEMINAR OF EXHIBITION INDUSTRY ON 25TH APRIL, 2013
Dr. Smt. D. Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, will be inaugurating the 3rd edition of the open seminar of Indian Exhibition Industries Association (IEIA) to brain storm on various aspects of exhibition management on the 25th April, 2013 at New Delhi. The open seminar will be addressed by over 35 International and Indian experts from the trade fair business. The seminar will also be addressed by Shri Sudhir Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Planning with additional charge of Housing, Town and Country Planning, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Shri Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State for SSI & EP, Government of UP. More than 350 delegates from India and other countries will take part in the seminar.
The objective of the seminar is to critically analyse various actions of the past and prepare a road map for future as also to draw a perspective for the year 2020. In pursuance of this objective, discussions will concentrate on challenges faced by the industry so far like lack of infrastructure with modern facilities at different locations particularly at the regional, lack of recognition by the Government of India of trade fair business as an industry, intense competition, multiplicity of approvals and high incidence of taxation by Government on organizers. The experience of trade fair organizers in developed economies of Europe and developing economies of China and Asia will also be discussed for learning lesson for India. Detailed presentation will be made by experts from various countries. Seminar will aim to involve industry association more closely with the trade fair activities and also other important segments like hotels, restaurants, tour operators, taxi owners, shopkeepers, municipal bodies, service providers, media managers etc. so that all inclusive approach can be adopted for the growth of the industry.
Indian Exhibition Industries Association is a representative body of trade fair organizers, service providers, logistic companies and media managers etc. The objective of the association is to provide a platform for considering ways and means for sound and scientific development of various segments involved in the business. More than 700 trade fairs taking place in India annually. Out of these trade fairs 150-170 involve international participation. Growth of trade fairs business in India has been around 15% during the last decade. There is tremendous potential for further growth. The Open Seminar aims to prepare a road map for future.
While Shri Rakesh Kumar, who is president of IEIA will make a vision statement of the trade fairs and exhibition industry, there will be CEOs discussions on “Identifying key drivers of Indian exhibition industry and perspective for 2020”.
Smt. D. Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry will deliver the inaugural address. Shri Sudhir Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Planning with additional charge of Housing, Town and Country Planning, Government of Himachal Pradesh and Shri Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State for SSI & EP, Government of UP will also address the seminar. Eminent international speakers will include Mr. Paul Woodward, Managing Director, UFI, Mr. Marsha Flanagan, Vice President International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Mr. Eugen Egetenmeri Managing Director, Messe Munchen International, Mr. Marco Spinger Director Global Markers Division, Mr. Mark Cochrane, Managing Director BSG Group, Mr. Michael Duck, Executive Vice President UBM Asia. Many Indian eminent experts from the exhibition trade like Shri K.V. Rajan Chairman International Trade & Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd., Shri Prem Behl, Chairman Exhibitions India Group, Mr. Rajan Sharma, Managing Director InterAds India Pvt. Ltd., Shri Ravinder Sethi, Managing Director, R.E. Rogers India Pvt. Ltd. etc. will also speak on the seminar.
The two days seminar has received great response from various stakeholders through sponsorships in different forms. Participants and delegates to the seminar includes Senior officials and representatives of companies either directly involved in the operation, management and conceptualization of trade and exhibition business or connected with providing different kinds of services for trade fairs sectors. Stage is all set to deliberate upon important issues of trade fair sector engage with senior state and central government officials, various agencies connected with the exhibition development and management, and to prepare a road map for 2020.