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​​29th India Carpet Expo Generates New Hopes for Hand Knotted Carpet Industry

Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles (IC)  releasing the Fair Directory of  the 29th  India Carpet Expo on 27th March, 2015 in the August presence of Dr. Sanjay Kumar Panda, Se

The 29th Edition of India Carpet Expo which was inaugurated on the 27th March, 2015 by Honorable Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) {Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar } Government of India,concluded on 30th March 2015 on a successful note and has generated new hopes for Hand KnottedCarpet Industry The Hon’ble Minister urged the exporting community to innovate and improve their techniques & technology of weaving and also need to improve their designs and presentation of products so as to maintain their exports and also retain No one Status of Carpet exporting country in the World

The Hon’ble Minister lauded the role ofCarpet Council in doing excellent job by boosting the handmade industry through these specialized shows amongst overseas buyers. He also complimented the Chairman of the Carpet Council and its core team for putting up this Mega Show.

Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC stated that around 372 buyers from all over the world registered their presence during the four day Fair, whichshall generate an estimated business to the tune of around Rs. 450 crores over the coming months. Carpet Importers from new countries like Vietnam, Serbia, Hungary, Zimbabwe, Croatia, Jordon, Morocco, Bulgaria, Colorado, Hong-Kong, Thailand, Korea, Kenya, also visited for the first time in the Expo and has thus opened new avenues for marketing for Indian hand knotted carpets in these countries.

Council allowed 50% discount First time to the participants to encourage the small and new entrepreneurs having less than Rs. 25.00 lakhs exports during the previous year. These participants who got 50% subsidy got good business and hence, the purpose of promoting small and medium exporters was also achieved.

To maintain transparency, the Carpet Export Promotion Council took the initiative of allotments through draws, which was appreciated by all the participants, the industry and overseas carpet buyers were happy with the overall arrangement of Expo.

During the Expo the visiting Turkish importers (25) and the participating exporters who are regularly exports to Turkey discussed the problems arising out of hike in import duty of hand knotted carpets by Turkish Government. They also discussed the impact it will have on India’s exports to Turkey. Certain suggestions were shared by both the sides so as to have a lesser impact on business by this hike..

The Expowas also attended by the Hon’ble Minister of Textiles and the senior Government bureaucrats who patiently listen to the problems of Indian handmade carpets exporters and also assured their full supports for this Rural Based Cottage Industry:

Some of the VVIPs Graced the India Carpet Expo

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon’ble Minister for Textiles, Govt of India;

Shri Ajit Kumar Seth, IAS, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India; Shri Rajeev Kher, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India;

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Panda, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India;​

Shri J.S. Deepak, IAS, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India;

Shri Bhagawati Prasad Pandey, IAS, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Commerce & Textiles, Govt of India;

Shri Arvind Mehta, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India;

Shri Samir Kumar Biswas, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India;

Shri Virender Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Varanasi Distt;

H.E. Mr. Zigmund Bertok, Ambassador, Embassy of the Slovak Republic,

Shri Zahid Beg, Hon’ble, MLA from Bhadohi Distt of UP;

The Chairman, CEPC also informed that based on the success of this year’s Expo the 30th India Carpet Expo which is to be held in Varanasi in the month of October, 2015 shall also showcase both the segments of carpet weaving trainings provided, especially in the hamlets Bhadohi-Mirzapur and Varanasi carpet belt, under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles.

CEPC is also planning to have exhibitions for Domestic Consumers, as the domestic consumption of carpet is also on rise and Chairman, Carpet Export Promotion Council suggested a number of exhibitions to be held in the Metropolitan cities in the Financial Year 2015-16.

Chairman, CEPC further informed that the Calendar of Skill Development events has been launched by CEPC and we have started providing training for weaving Handmade carpet in both the segments of Hand-Knotted and Hand-Tufted to the new artisans, specially to the women folklore in the villages of Mirzapur-Bhadohi Carpet Belt under CHCDS Scheme of Govt of India to fill the gap of skilled workforce.

Chairman also disclosed that they have set-up a target of inviting buyers from 65 countries for the next edition of India Carpet Expo, which is going to be held in October 2015 in Varanasi and the preparation for the same shall commence from the month of May itself and suggestions for betterment of this Expo shall be sought both from buyers and the participating Member Exporters.   

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