My Dear Fellow Exporter
It is my privilege to reach out to you for the first time after taking over as the Chairman of Carpet Export Promotion Council
I thank one and all for the support extended for electing me as the Chairman of the Council. I assure all of you that I will put in my best efforts to build the Indian Carpet Sector so that it continues to progress at a faster pace. I would like to seek your continued support and good wishes as I take up the challenges to make the Council Exporter Friendly and achieve the results, it is set-up for.
As you are aware that the economic situation is still challenging and markets continue to be volatile, the European debt crises get gloomy and inflation back home is hurting everyone. We need to focus on the task at hand that is to sustain and build on the export growth that we have achieved over the last few years.
The economic slowdown did affect our growth for a while, and just as we thought we were coming out of it, the news of more uncertainty particularly in the major & advanced markets of US and the EU. Apart from the Economic reasons, the natural calamities, such as recent floods in J&K region have affected the Carpet production the most. This is bound to affect our exports from this region. We thank the Government for supporting exporters all along, however, we seek their continued support to tide over this difficult phase and help us in our endeavors to become a major player in the world carpet industry.
On behalf of Committee Of Administration of CEPC, I assure all of you that The Carpet Export Promotion Council will take up all the long-pending issues of the industry such as Interest subvention, explore participation in various Expos / Exhibitions in newer markets such as Latin America, South East Asia, South Africa, China and Russia apart from the present activities, these include participation in International Trade Fairs, a few of which are – DOMOTEX Fairs at Middle East, Hannover, Shanghai; Australian Intl Sourcing Fair at Sydney and India Carpet Expos at Varanasi and New Delhi.
Due to our continued effort the Government has approved our proposal for Carpet Clusters & we will soon start two & four months training program to create 5000 artisans / weavers for weaving Hand-Tufted & Hand-knotted carpets under the Mega Cluster for Carpets in Bhadohi-Mirzapur Carpet Belt. This shall help the industry to tide over the shortage of weavers which is a big concern for the industry at the moment. The Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles (Independent Charge) has launched the Calendar of Training Programmes in respect of trainings i.e. Hand - Tufted & Hand - Knotted on 26th September 2014 in Varanasi.
I look forward to interacting with you through my messages and also by organizing various meetings, seminars and workshops. Needless to add that without your active participation, feedback and constructive criticism, we will not be much effective.
I would request Member Exporters to send their views & articles related to industry to firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes
With Kind Regards
KULDEEP RAJ WATTAL