The 34th India International Trade Fair was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday. The partner country for this year is South Africa and the focus country and state are Thailand and Delhi, respectively.
“Free trade benefits all nations and increases their standards of living and prosperity”, the President said.
He also commended the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation’s efforts and emphasised on ‘Make in India’.
“Over 6,800 exhibitors are participating in IITF 2014 as against 6,000 exhibitors last year. It is one of the largest trade fairs in the world,” ITPO Chairperson and Managing Director Rita Menon said.
All stalls highlighted their theme through their décor. While the Assam pavilion’s exterior was decorated with cut-outs of notable women from the state, the Punjab pavilion had a huge statue of a woman carving herself. The West Bengal and Kerala pavilions also showcased women’s goods in their décor.
“We have been coming here for three years. We like it when people appreciate our products,” Rohima, a weaver from West Bengal, said.
“The fair provides an excellent opportunity for us to find talent from faraway places for our business,” Sinha, a businessman from Bihar, said.
The fair will be on till November 27 and will be open to the public from November 19.
Other dignitaries present included Union Ministers Kalraj Mishra, Nirmala Sitharaman, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister of South Africa Elizabeth Thabethe, Minister of the Royal Thai Embassy Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, among others.