Delhi: For the last 39 consecutive years, the opening of India International Trade Fair (IITF) has coincided with Children’s Day which is celebrated on November 14. This year as well, the famous Pragati Maidan welcomed traders, entrepreneurs, state-run commercial sectors to participate in IITF.
Under the banner of International Trade Promotional Organisation (ITPO) on Thursday, 39th IITF began with new theme of “ease of doing business.”
The organisers of 14-day long trade fair, which will be concluded on November 27, invited commercial sectors, small and big handcraft manufactures from across the country and also overseas countries.
IITF not only provides opportunity to individual and small manufactures to promote their products in the largest trade fair of the country, but also promotes businesses of different states. This year, IITF has selected Bihar and Jharkhand as focus states to promote their business and developments.
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Afghanistan joined this year’s trade fair as a partner country while South Korea will be the focus country in IITF. The mega trade event started with inaugural session in the presence of Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari as a chief guest.
While addressing the gathering on the occasion, the minister said, “India is celebrating 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and he believed in maximum production with the involvement of a maximum number of persons.”
“There is a need to create more employment opportunities as it is essential for eradication of poverty,” Gadkari said.
Several countries, including Australia, Iran, UK, Vietnam, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Hong Kong and Indonesia, are participating in trade fair. The first five days of the event are reserved for businesses. The fair will be open for the general public from the 19th of this month.
People can visit the fair between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm. For visitors or traders, entry will be from three gates – gate number 1, 10, and 11 and rest of the gates will be closed.