International Delegates for Trade Fair 2018

Bhubaneswar: Over 35 delegates from Germany, South Korea, Iran and Bangladesh have arrived here  to participate in the Odisha MSME International Trade Fair, 2018, to be held from March 5 to 10.

The state MSME minister, Prafulla Samal, and the  MSME additional chief secretary, L N Gupta, told media persons on the eve of the inauguration of the  Trade Fair  that more than 500 domestic and international delegates will attend the Trade Fair, which will have focus on food processing sector this year.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the Trade Fair .
Gupta informed that the trade fair will have more than 350 stalls divided into six  pavilions. Whereas, the Theme Pavilion will be devoted for the food processing sector, Pavilion-1 will be international pavilion for the international
exhibitors and CPSUs. Pavilion-2 is earmarked for food processing and sea food MSME units and Pavilion-3 will be earmarked for the MSMEs led by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs. Similarly, Pavilion-4 is reserved for MSMEs working in Engineering & allied sector, Pavilion-5 will be allotted to startups and exporters. CPSUs like NALCO,
IOCL, Ordnance Factory; State PSUS like OMC, GRIDCO, IPICOL, Central Organisations namely, MPEDA, Coir Board, QCI and GEM have already confirmed their participation.

During the exhibition, 70  entrepreneurs from food processing sector, 50 from engineering, chemical & plastic sector, 30 from handicrafts & textile sector, 30  ST / SC and 60 women entrepreneurs are
participating by putting up their stalls.  About 31 Startups are showcasing their innovative
Gupta further added that on the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair, seminars on the
MSME related topics will be held for the benefit of micro and small entrepreneurs.
Whereas, on March 6, the seminar will be held on “Credit & Marketing Linkage to
MSMEs & Exporters”, on March 7 it will be on “Boosting MSME Business through
ZED, GEM, IPR and Digital Marketing”. On March 8, which is International
Women’s Day, the seminar will be on “Development of MSMEs with Focus on Women and
ST/SC Entrepreneurs /Startups”, on March 9, it will be on the “Potential of Food
Processing in Odisha with Focus on Packaging”. On the concluding day,  the
seminar will be on the “Mission-1000 Startups-Way Forward”.
The seminars are likely to be addressed by Arun Panda,Secretary, MSME, Govt.
of India,  J. P. Meena, Secretary, Food Processing,  Sundeep Nayak, MD, NCDC,
Rajiv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, DIPP, Dr. R. P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality
Control of India, and Dr. N.C. Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging  amongst others.