Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 17: Marking the first programme in the run-up to Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016, State Industries Minister Shri P K Kunhalikutty today launched the logo for the mega event slated for early next year.
The three-day meet, exclusively for the small and medium enterprise (SME), is scheduled to be held at the CIAL Trade Fair& Exhibition Centre at Nedumbasseryin Ernakulam district from February 4.
The logo, bearing the slogan “Opportunities Face 2 Face for SMEs”—alluding to the aim of creating a buyer-seller network that enables one-to-one interaction—was unveiled by the Industries and IT Minister at a function in the state capital.
“The SME sector in Kerala has witnessed a 12 per cent growth—the highest in India—and the B2B meet will serve to strengthen the growth,” Shri Kunhalikutty said. “Unlike other states, we do not have large areas to hand over to industries, and cannot give environmental clearances to polluting industries. In Kerala, we are keener on inclusive growth, such as seen in the SME sector.”
The February 4-6 meet being organised by the State Government Department of Industries & Commerce will focus on seven key sectors in the state: food-processing; handlooms, textiles and garments; rubber; wood-based industries; Ayurveda, health and cosmetics; engineering, electrical & electronics and handicrafts.
The Directorate of Industries & Commerce will identify and select 200 SMEs for the meet, while apex trade body and the event’s ‘trade & industry partner’, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry,will bring in 300 national and 50 international buyers.
Industries Principal Secretary Shri P H Kurian recalled that the last year’s meet was successful.“This time too, we expect the meet to provide a boost to Kerala’s SME sector,” he added.
The event, with Kerala Bureau for Industrial Promotion(K-BIP) as the nodal agency, is being organised in association with the Directorate of Industries & Commerce, the Directorate of Handlooms & Textiles, the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) and the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.
Also present at the function were KSIDC Managing Director Dr. M Beena, K-BIPCEO Shri V Rajagopal, FICCI Co-Chairman Shri Deepak L Aswani, Director (Handlooms & Textiles) Shri Sam C Ittycheria and Industries Additional Director Shri K.Sudhir.
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