India Carpet Expo, Varanasi 21-24 October, 2018
Varanasi Every Stall presents a New and Different Concept Creating new Opportunities for Business : Buyers
The 36th Edition of India Carpet Expo, Organized by Carpet Export Promotion Council at Trade facilitation Center and Craft Museum, Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul, Bada Lalpur, Chandmari, Airhe, Varanasi – 221003 (Uttar Pradesh) was inaugurated on 21st October, 2018 by Shri Narandra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister through Video Conferencing at 6.30 p.m. Amphitheatre near Museum, Trade Facilitation Center and Craft Museum, Bada Lalpur, Varanasi.
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Minister of Textiles presided over the function as Chief Guest lited the lamps in the gracious presence of Shri Raghvendra Singh, IAS, Secretary (Textiles), Shri Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Shri Virendra Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament from Bhadohi, Shri Ravinder Nath Tripathi, MLA Bhadohi, Senior Officials from the State Government, Overseas Buyers, Mr. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, CEPC alongwith Shri Siddh Nath Singh, 1st Vice-Chairman & Shri Umer Hameed, 2nd Vice-Chairman and Members of the Committee of Administration were also present on the occasion.
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister in his address expressed his happiness to mention that we have been able to take one step forward towards achieving the objective for which the foundation of the Deendayal Sankul was laid 23 months ago in Bada Lalpur Varanasi. PM Modi in his address also mentioned that Handloom and Handicrafts Sector is intrinsic part of our rich heritage and Varanasi has always played prominent role in show cashing beauty of Indian Handicrafts to the world.
Hon’ble Prime Minister was happy over the growth rate of Indian Handmade Carpet Industry in the last 5 years and hopeful to achieve the goal of Exports of Rs. 25000 Crores by the year 2025. Hon’ble Prime Minister also assured full support to the Indian Handmade Carpet Industry to achieve the desired goals and stressed the need of “ZERO DEFECT ZERO EFFECT” and concept of “5 F” i.e. Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign. Hon’ble Prime Minister emphasized on the use of technology in carpet sector and he assured that Govt. is committed towards facilitating exporting community for the best technology so that they can compete with their competitors in the world market.
Smt. Smriti Zubain Irani, Hon’ble Time Minister in her address mentioned many initiatives taken by the Government for the growth of the sector he said that Expo will directly connected weavers and the trade to the world. Smt. Irani expressed happiness over the setting up of Warehouse in China by CEPC for the benefit of Carpet Exporters and her Ministry is ready to provide all necessary support in setting up the similar warehousing facility in US. While referring to the demands made by the carpet industry for non-entitlement of Buyers from developed countries and relaxation of Income Tax Exemption. She assured that she will recommend and forward the demand of the industry to the concerned department.
India Carpet Expo has received overwhelming response from 232 Buyers Representative and 303 overseas buyers from across the world in the first two days. India Carpet Expo “Showcasing new collection, as per the buyers’ requirements in terms of size, design, colour and quality which is grabbing the interest of the buyers.
Dignitaries visited India Carpet Expo and saw the arrangement and facilities available at fair ground. They also met the participating exhibitors and appreciated the new developments created by the Indian Carpet Manufacturers. They also met the overseas buyers and appreciate the efforts made by Carpet Export Promotion Council in providing such a great infrastructure to the manufacturers from Varanasi-Bhadohi-Mirzapur belt for promoting Indian Carpets and helping the artisans and weavers of this area.
Some of the leading and reputed buyers from US, U.K., Brazil South Africa, & other European Countries who visited the fair were very much impressed with the display of various Handmade Carpets and other floor coverings and arrangements made by the organizers.
The Expo is organized under the aegis of Govt. of India focuses on the Highly Labour Intensive Indian Handmade Carpet Industry and aims to provide employment to about 20 Lakhs workers/ artisans especially women directly or indirectly in the rural areas. With the participation of over 305 exhibitors, India Carpet Expo is one of the largest Handmade Carpet Fairs in Asia with a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, Rugs and other floor coverings under one roof.
Organizers are extremely happy with the results till today and hope that more buyer will come and make this Expo a very successful one.