The Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation(ITPO) organized the 29th Industrial India Trade Fair (IITF) during 23rd December 2016 to 1st January, 2017 at Milan Mela. The fair was Co-Sponsored by Office of the Development Commissioner(Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
As in earlier years this fair too had the presence of many foreign participants specially from the countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Afganistan, Egypt, Turkey, etc. For the fist time this edition of the fair witnessed the largest ever participation of exhibitors from Bangladesh. Along with these countries government departments, banks as well as large number of industries from public and private sectors like MSME DI, Kolkata, NSIC Ltd., NABARD, Regional Office of Textiles Committee, State Bank of India, Power Grid Corporation of India, Department Of Post, HAL, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, West Bengal State Export Promotion Society, TIPL etc also participated. A colourful Fair Guide Book were published this year at the closing ceremony. Cultural programmes were organized during the evening hours. The fair was well covered in different media-both print and electronic media.
The Inaugural Function of the 29th Industrial India Trade Fair was held on Friday, 23rd December 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the presence of Janab Firhad Hakim, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Municipal Affairs & Urban Development, Government of West Bengal, Shri Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Power & Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Government of West Bengal and Shri Bratya Basu , Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal, Janab Md Amir Hussain Amu, Hon’ble Minister of Industries, People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Shri Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, Chairman & Managing Director, Bandhan Bank Ltd.
Shri Sourajit Palchoudhuri, Chairman, 29th Industrial India Trade Fair Committee and President, Bengal National Chamber of Commerce & Industry delivered the Welcome Speech and Smt Bani Roy Chowdhury, Senior Vice-President of the Chamber proposed the Vote of Thanks.
Janab Firhad Hakim, in his speech, mentioned his attachment with the Trade Fair as he was inspired to start his own business after visiting the Fair. He also appreciated the Chamber for promoting the entrepreneurship and also encouraged them to participate in the Trade Fair. He commented that demonetisation had affected the entire business community of the country. The situation cannot be changed suddenly as there are places where banking facility is yet to be reached.
Shri Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay informed that the demand of electricity had increased by 46.39% over the past 5 years and the State Government had succeeded to reach electricity to the remotest corner of the State except few areas in Sunderban. He appealed the business community specially to invest more in the State. He further added that he will extend all sorts of cooperation for new projects from his Department of Power.
Shri Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Department of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal informed that the State Government is working with the target of one of the top three states in information technology by 2020. He also commented that under the leadership of Smt Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, the trend of business in state is towards upward swing.
Shri Chandra Sekhar Ghosh, Chairman & Managing Director, Bandhan Bank Ltd. requested the customers to go cashless and increase the use of digital money in future.
Janab Md Amir Hussain Amu, Hon’ble Minister of Industries , People’s Republic of Bangladesh urged upon the Indian Government for a proactive bilateral trade policy to reduce the trade imbalance of Bangladesh with India. He also claimed that Bangladesh is capable of expanding trade in eastern and north-eastern regions and informed that Bangladesh achieved an export growth of 37% during the last financial year.
Earlier, Shri Sourajit Palchoudhuri, Chairman, 29th Industrial India Trade Fair Committee in his Welcome Address, said that the primary objective of the Fair is to highlight the industrial progress of the State and to depict it as an investment destination. It provides a platform to the Small & Micro Sector Enterprises, the artisans and craftsmen of rural Bengal to showcase their products and skills and to participate in the District Meet and Vendor Development Programme. He also appealed the participants to use swipe machines to facilitate cashless transaction and the participating banks to put up ATMs for smooth transactions.
Smt Bani Roy Chowdhury, Sr Vice-President of the Chamber proposed a hearty Vote of Thanks.