The 45th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2018 concluded successfully at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, with business enquiries valued at Rs 2700 crores said O P Prahldka, Chairman, EPCH. Prahladka said the fair played a significant role in exponentially increasing exports of handicrafts from the country where exports during the launch year 1994-95 which was Rs 3,159.62 crore has touched a phenomenal Rs 24,392.39 crore in 2016-17.
Around 5,300 overseas buyers from 111 countries and domestic volume retail buyers visited the show to source home, lifestyle, fashion and textiles products during five days extravaganza. Speaking on the occasion the chief guest Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textile praised EPCH for working so hard to increase exports of handicrafts by organising this fair twice a year and also for setting up infrastructures at different craft clusters in the country to provide product and design development facilities, use of technology to produce products in large quantities and also for providing marketing linkages to artisans and crafts persons.
Rakesh Kumar, ED-EPCH was happy with the knowledge seminars that discussed insightful subjects like: Cultural Differences Between East and West and How They Impact Business; How to Export to China with Specific Reference to Gifts, Decoratives and House ware; Symposium on Positioning of J&K handicrafts in Domestic and Overseas Markets; Goods and Service Tax; Intellectual Property Rights; Customs Trade Partnership Agreement Terrorism [C-TPAT]; Verification of Certified Forest Products and Trends and Forecast – Spring Summer 2019.
Buyers from the world’s most prestigious companies/ departmental stores were seen placing orders. These included Apropos International Inc., Anthropologie, Four Hands LLC, Brylane Home, Earthbound Trading, Cost Plus World Market, Imax Corpn, Kalalou, among others.