STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 November
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 33rd edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan today. On the occasion, Mr Mukherjee, said there is an urgent need to incorporate skill development and vocational training in the process of economic growth.
"India as a country with a primarily agro-based economy and a burgeoning population could make its presence felt in diverse fields such as heavy industries, communication, nuclear energy, space research and electronics, due to the immense contribution of the SME sector," said the President.
He added that IITF has been consistently helping in meeting the needs of crucial sectors, which, in turn, contribute to the equitable and inclusive growth of the nation. "The vision of inclusive growth aims at social mobility of all the sections of the society," added the President.
The trade fair, already positioned as Asia’s largest event of its kind, representing of India’s economic growth which is emerging as the most promising markets today, and potentially an information-based economic power of tomorrow. This year, Japan has been accorded ‘Partner Country’ and South Africa as ‘Focus’. Other countries like Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia are also being featured at Trade Fair. The highlights also include IT, automobiles, sports, chemicals and fashion industry as also their cusine, music, paper art etc.
From the domestic sector, Bihar is participating as the ‘Partner State’ while, Odisha is the ‘Focus State’. In all, 31 states and union territories are featuring in IITF 2013.
A special feature of IITF 2013 is the creation of an "Innovation Pavilion" showcasing new ideas that are being developed in nurseries such as universities which are encouraging economically viable options to heavy and medium industries. Addressing the local needs and integrating with the global perspectives the fair is concerted effort to provide impetus to the process of economic and industrial growth in accordance with the EXIM policy of the ministry of commerce and industry.