March 19, 2023 (IANSlife) The 55th edition of IHGF-DELHI FAIR – SPRING 2023 is a great method to promote the craft industry and gives trade members a chance to network, exchange knowledge, and look for business opportunities, believes Darshana Jardosh, Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways.
Being held from 15th to 19th March 2023 at India Expo Centre & Mart the fair, the 55th edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair spread across 16 halls and 900 Permanent Showrooms at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway, opened to overseas buyers, buying and sourcing consultants as well as large domestic volume retail buyers to source from 3100 exhibitors for home, lifestyle, fashion, textiles and furniture. On display is a comprehensive selection of 14 product categories including housewares, home furnishing, furniture, gifts and decorative, lamps and lighting, Christmas & festive décor, fashion jewellery & accessories, spa & wellness, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, educational toys & games, handmade paper products & stationery and leather bags. Day one of this grand show saw a big draw of overseas buyers from all across the globe along with their representatives from India. Domestic Volume Buyers and online portals also visited the fair to source their requirements.
The Union Minister recognised the value of EPCH's position in giving a platform to numerous exhibitors, particularly small and medium exporters who, through their grit, innovation, and entrepreneurship, have been able to increase the exports of handicrafts from India's most rural areas. Adding further she said that the recently announced PM Vishwakarma Kaushal Samman Yojana (PM VIKAS) which aims to provide financial assistance to the artisans and craftsmen to increase their production, will prove to be a milestone for the traditional artisans and craftsmen and will improve their standard of living.
Suresh Kumar Khanna, Minister of Finance & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of UP, called this platform, a large, well spread and vital international connect to the Indian handicrafts community, especially for the exporters who contribute significantly to nurture the sector, at the ground level. He took pride in the fair’s location in the major hub of Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Noting the high concentration of exhibitors from Uttar Pradesh at the fair, he highlighted the State Govt.’s vision and milestone programs, especially the ODOP (One District One Product) that aims to encourage indigenous and specialized products and crafts in UP that are found nowhere else.
Raj Kumar Malhotra, Chairman, EPCH, said, “the event stands tall as one of the largest and most prestigious trade fairs in the country, a testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of our member exporters who have been showcasing their exquisite craftsmanship and unique products to the world for around three decades. Adding further, he thanked the Government for launching the PM Vishwakarma Kaushal Samman Yojana (PM VIKAS).
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