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IHGF Delhi Fair-Spring 2017

            This premier event has scaled new heights       making the b2b event a vital business connect for buyers from across
                                                            the globe. He shared how the name IHGF has touched all parts of the
                                This fair has established
                                                            world, welcoming buyers from practically each and every nation that
                                itself as a premier event
                                                            imports home and lifestyle products. The EPCH Chairman informed
                                and scaled new heights as
                                                            about EPCH's endeavour to bring in regional representations and
                                the largest congregation
                                of handicraft exhibitors    encourage their readiness to reach out to overseas markets.
                                under one roof. The active     Taking pride in sharing IHGF Delhi Fair's inclusion in the Limca
                                and larger participation    Book of World Records, Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH,
                                by exporters attracts
            Smriti  Zubin Irani
                                global buyers to source    Single window for the entire spectrum of India’s
            Minister of Textiles,
                                their requirements. With
            Govt. of India                                 handicrafts
                                the view to accelerate the
           demand of our products, there is need to focus                      This fair not only enables global buyers
           on innovations and design development to                            to source their requirements but also
           command better valuations. This would entail                        provides marketing opportunities to a
           focus on areas such as skill up-gradation,                          very large number of Indian handicraft
           standardisation and easier availability of raw                      exporters. This sector contributes
           materials as well as focused brand building.                        significantly to exports in addition to
                                                                               generation of employment and ensuring
               Chairman, EPCH, Mr. Dinesh Kumar welcomed the                   livelihood to the primary producers. I
                                                           Ajay Tamta
           dignitaries and thanked them for their valuable time.               urge all the entrepreneurs, exporters as
                                                           Minister of State for
           He took this opportunity to thank the Ministry of                   well as crafts persons engaged in this
                                                           Textiles, Govt. of India
           Textiles, Govt. of India, for announcing various schemes,           sector to constantly focus on quality,
           introducing numerous measures and guiding EPCH  product diversification and innovative designs.
           towards holistic growth of the sector.  "We are grateful
           to the Ministry for treating handicrafts as a focused  thanked the exporting community whose dynamism and
           sector," he said. Mentioning of IHGF Delhi Fair's  effervescence made this accomplishment possible. He said, the credit
           recognition in the Limca Book of World Records,  goes to each and every stakeholder, exhibitor, buyers who have
           Mr. Kumar thanked the exporting community for their  patronized us, guidance & support from the Office of DC (Handicrafts)
           growing patronage towards IHGF and making it a  and Team EPCH. Mr. Kumar took this opportunity to inform that during
           significant platform not only for showcasing their new  the next edition of IHGF-Delhi Fair, EPCH would be setting a procedure
           collections to an international audience but also for  for Design Registration to safeguard the creators' interests of various
                                                           items and discourage replication/copying of products amongst the
                                                           manufacturer community. The inauguration ceremony concluded with
                                                           a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. O P Prahladka, Vice Chairman, EPCH.
                                                           Vibrant kaleidoscope of products meet encouraging
                                                           buyer response

                                                               IHGF Delhi Fair prides in a journey of routing the discerning
                                                           connoisseur as well as the trade visitor into the Indian
                                                           subcontinent to explore a treasure house of multitude skills and
                                                           craftsmanship. It has connected the world to India's versatile
                                                           handicrafts industry and congregated its stakeholders at the
                                                           world's largest platform to conduct business with buyers from
                                                           across the world. IHGF is a proven & established trade
                                                           destination and a spring board for growth, as manufacturers

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