Focused market buyer-seller meet of Indian handicrafts by EPCH opens on virtual platform
New Delhi – 24th November’2020 (Tuesday) – The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) in association with Indian Missions (High Commissions & Consulates) in Australia & New Zealand is organizing the “Virtual Buyer Seller Meet of Indian Handicrafts Manufacturers & Exporters with buyers of Oceania region (Australia, New Zealand & Fiji) starting from 24 – 27 November, 2020 where over 126 accredited manufacturers and exporters from all parts of India will display the wide range of handcrafted products at Virtual BSM, said Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH.
Dr Rakesh Kumar informed that during the inaugural ceremony organized on the virtual platform, Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, H.E. Gitesh Sarma, High Commissioner of Indian in Australia, H.E. Muktesh Pardeshi, High Commissioner of India in New Zealand and Sameer Handa, Chairman of India New Zealand Business Council have extended their wishes to EPCH for organizing its 1st Virtual Buyer Seller Meet in Oceanic Region reflecting the indomitable spirit of the handicraft exporting fraternity to continue furthering the efforts to strengthen the Handicrafts Sector.
Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in his address welcomed all the buyers and exhibitors and also thanked Indian Missions of Oceanic region in promoting the show amongst buyers in their respective countries.
H.E. Gitesh Sarma, High Commissioner of Indian in Australia said that the quality and range of the handicrafts showcased in this virtual buyer seller meet is truly amazing and this is a wonderful opportunity for Australian buyers during this festive season to connect and source virtually from Indian exporters.
H.E. Muktesh K. Pardeshi informed that the High Commission of India in New Zealand has invited the importers, whole sellers, retail stores, buying representatives and stakeholders, Associations, Business Chambers and Indian Diaspora in New Zealand to be a part of this virtual event and connect with the Indian exporters to source their requirement and make business relations.
Speaking on the occasion, Ravi K. Passi, Chairman-EPCH welcomed all to the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet. He informed that this Virtual BSM will provide a viable marketing option to the exhibitors and buyers. “It is expected that this Virtual Buyer-Seller-Meet in association with Indian High Commissions & Consulates will lead to a growth in Indo-Oceanian Trade, economy and people to people relations.”
Dr. Rakesh Kumar shared the journey of IHGF Delhi Fair since 1994 as the show has gone from strength to strength to be recognized as largest congregation of handicraft exporters under one roof as certified by Limca Book of World Records. Dr. Kumar informed the objective of organizing this Virtual Buyer-Seller Meet is match-making on virtual platform of Indian companies with the Oceanian buyers & companies interested in sourcing Handicrafts, Gifts, Furniture, Fashion, Lifestyle products for the Australian, New Zealand, Fiji & other markets thereby creating a ‘Brand Image’ of Indian Handicrafts amongst Oceanian buyers. Indian Craftsmanship, Ethnic Designs and colours are unique and have no comparison with products from other countries.
Australia and New Zealand have been important markets for the Indian handicrafts and exports from India to this region is US$ million 95.59 during FY 2019-2020.