President inaugurates India International Trade Fair 2016
The annual flagship event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the 36th India International Trade Fair (November14-27, 2016 is inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherje at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said that IITF will reinforce India’s brand to compete against dominant players at global level. President Mukherjee also said that India is working with United Nations at multilateral forum on number of issues and has legitimately staked its claim for United Security Council’s permanent membership. The Commerce & Industry Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman presided over the inaugural function and said that Indian exports grew at 4.62 per cent in September to revive hope among the country’s exporters struggling against depressed global demand. This year, IITF’s theme is ‘Digital India’, which assumes special significance for highlighting country’s persistent efforts to alleviate poverty through meaningful convergence of digital technologies and e-governance.
This year, as many as 7000 participants are taking part in the fair. The ‘Partner Country’ is the ‘South Korea’ and the ‘Focus Country’ is ‘Belarus’. The ‘Partner States’ are ‘Madhya Pradesh’ and ‘Jharkhand’ while, ‘Haryana’ is participating as the ‘Focus State’. Over 150 companies from 27 countries are taking part in the fair. These include: Australia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Oman, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Tibet, Turkey, Thailand, UAE and UK.