Three-day SME meet to be held in Kochi from Feb 2-4
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 5: The Kerala government has invited buyers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states to actively participate in Vyapar 2017, a three-day small and medium enterprises (SME) B2B meet scheduled in Kochi between February 2 and 4.
A string of SME sectors, including food processing, handloom textiles and garments, rubber, coir products, Ayurveda and herbal, electrical and electronics and traditional sectors like handicrafts and bamboo, will display their products during the meet.
The event provides a platform to the buyers for direct interactions and discussions with the participating manufacturers and sellers from Kerala.
As a prelude to the event, the Kerala State Department of Industries & Commerce held a promotional campaign among the buying community in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions. The promotional meet was held in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) at Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, in November last.
The meet was chaired by Shri P M Francis, IAS, Director of Industries & Commerce; Shri V Rajagopal, CEO, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP); and Shri Devendra Surana, Chairman, FICCI Telangana State Council.
A short film on Vyapar 2017 showcasing the strong SME manufacturing base in Kerala was shown.
“Kerala was the gateway of India in terms of maritime heritage of the country,” said Shri Francis in his keynote address, recalling the state’s rich maritime tradition with the ancient Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and English.
He e HeHinvited the buyers in the Andhra and Telangana regions to actively participate in the Vyapar 2017 in Kochi in February.
Shri Rajagopal spoke about the strength of Kerala in various sectors and the event format for Vyapar 2017 as well as the registration process of buyers through FICCI. He pointed out that the Kerala Department of Industries & Commerce will provide local hospitality and accommodation to approved buyers during the event days.
Shri Devendra recalled the close trade ties between Kerala and the Andhra and Telangana and recommended that the buyers from these regions take part in the event.
Shri Savio Mathew, Head of the FICCI Kerala State Council, and Shri Akhilesh Mahurkar, Head of the FICCI Telangana State Council, also spoke on the occasion.
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