Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Inaugurates IITF; Here’s what’s in store

| Updated: 14 November, 2021 4:40 pm IST
(Piyush Goyal/Twitter)

NEW DELHIUnion minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal inaugurated the 40th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Sunday. The IITF has returned to the national capital after a gap of one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The ITTF is being held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from November 14 to November 27. The first five days are reserved for traders and investors and the fair will open for the general public on November 19.

Organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), ITPO in a press release said, “IITF represents India as an ideal destination for numerous business and investment opportunities.” This year, the fair is being organised as an important segment of the celebrations of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – 75 years of Independence. 

The theme and focus of the fair is ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, aiming to promote investment and self-reliance in diverse sectors to meet domestic demands and be part of a global supply chain ecosystem. 

Participants include states from India as well ministries from the Indian government. Nations across the globe also take part extensively. This year’s edition sees Bihar as a ‘Partner State’, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are the ‘Focus States’. International participation is warranted by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Tunisia and Turkey.

“The Fair highlights the outstanding performance of Indian entrepreneurs who have shown exemplary commitment to excel despite all odds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be organised in a safe and secure environment with all COVID protocols in place,” said ITPO in a statement on their website.

Participation of SARAS, JUTE Manufactures Development Council, Small and Medium Enterprises, Handlooms, Handicrafts, Coir Board, Small Scale Industries, Khadi, Village Industries, Cottage Industries etc. will display the achievements of traditional sectors in order to reinforce their local strength and global appeal.

Trying to make the overall experience as effortless as possible, the ITPO has introduced transparent online system for booking of stalls and other services, online registration for dignitaries during first five days, mobile application for the fair and LED screens for display of information. Apart from a dedicated post office, banks and ATMs, other facilities include a Media Centre, Protocol centre, registration for business days (first five days only) with paid parking being available at Bhairon Marg for exhibitors. ITPO has encouraged steps to make the venue plastic-free.

Entry tickets for IITF will be made available at 65 select metro stations from 9AM to 4PM daily. These stations include Noida City Centre, Akshardham, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Shahdara, Seelampur among others. 

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