The 38th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) kickstarted at New Delhi's Pragati Maidan on Wednesday, November 14.
Themed around 'Rural Enterprises in India', the event was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Culture, Mahesh Sharma. Speaking on the occasion, Sharma said, the world is looking up to India as it has been fast growing amidst global economic slowdown.
He said that the IITF will provide a platform for all kind of businesses to showcase their excellence and a wide spectrum of services to trade, industry and common men. In a special video message, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said, due to fast decision-making process and trade policy, business is growing in the country.
In his address, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said, due to path-breaking decisions of the Centre, India has jumped to 77th place in ease of doing a business ranking of the World Bank. He said, the government is making India a manufacturing hub and due to policies, investments are on the rise.
Charge De Affairs of Afghanistan Embassy Mohammed Khairullah Azad, Tirtha Prakash Poudel of Nepal Embassy, Jharkhand Khadi Board chairman Sanjay Seth and ITPO CMD L C Goyal were also present on the occasion.
For this year's fair, Afghanistan is the Partner Country, while Nepal is the Focus Country. Jharkhand is participating as a Partner State in the event.
Around 800 participants from different States, government departments and domestic and international companies are taking part in the fair to showcase their products. The 14-day annual event will conclude on November 27.