My Dear Fellow Exporter
First of all, on behalf of Carpet Industry, I welcome the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji for becoming the 15th Prime Minister of India and its Union Ministers. Now, we sincerely hope that the new Government under Shri Modi Ji will bring back manufacturing sector together with skill development on track to sustain export and economy.
On the export front, the handmade carpet sector had performed exceptionally well, achieving an export turnover in excess of USD 1168 Million, as compared to last year, despite adverse market conditions particularly in USA and EU Countries. I congratulate our members and urge them to keep up the good work and think bigger & aim higher in the future. With active support from Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce and other governmental departments, through various Export Promotion Initiatives, Indian Handmade Carpet exports are set for a fast track growth since last 16 months.
It’s due to aggressive growth strategies and plans for continuing growth in the years to come, including participation in important and world famous International Trade Fairs, and India Carpet Expos organized in India. The Council has already drawn up the impressive Annual Action Plan for the year 2014-15, which includes participation in prestigious fairs i.e. Qinghai Intl. Carpet Exhibition in Xining (China); Textile House Fair 2014 in Sao Paulo (Brazil); Fairs / Exhibitions / B.S. Meet in Johannesburg (South Africa); Autumn Intl. Fair, Birmingham, U.K; . Exclusive Show in Middle East Dubai, 28th India Carpet Expo in Varanasi, 2014; Japantex 2014 in Tokyo (Japan); Décor Show in Singapore; Domotex Asia China Floor in Shanghai (China) etc. I urge fellow exporter members to be in touch with the Council Officers and take the opportunity to participate in all these important Export Promotion events whole heartedly.
The 27th ICE was highly successful, being organized at NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi in March 2014, where 255 exhibitors from different parts of the country i.e. U.P., Rajasthan, J&K, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi etc. participated. The Fair was attended by 348 overseas buyers from around 48 countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, U.A.E., U.K., US.A., Ukraine etc. marked their attendance for the first time. This fair was also attended by more than 250 buying representatives from all over the country. Our members generated business to the tune of Rs. 300-350 crores.
Finally, the 28th edition of India Carpet Expo (ICE) 2014 is fast approaching. Nearly, 300 Indian exporters and around same number of international carpet buyers are expected to participate in this Mega event in October 2014 at Varanasi. I call upon all my fellow Member exporters to participate actively in ICE 2014 October 10 to 13, 2014 and make the Expo a grand success, as usual. I take pleasure in sharing that both these shows have left a mark in the minds of the visitors from all over the world.
In the current issue we have published reports on CEPC national & International events. We have also started Articles and current affairs on WTO and Foreign Trade Agreements with foreign countries, for updating our esteemed members on international front.
I feel a sense of pride in again presenting the next issue of CARPET COUNCIL News. I hope you will find the same more informative and useful. I request all Members to send their valuable suggestions and feedback on the various issues.
I would like to share with my carpet fraternity that with the help of the DC (Handicrafts), we are soon going to start two to four months technical training programs to impart training on weaving of Hand Knotted and Hand Tufted Carpets. This mega cluster will train more around 5050 new trainees in 422 batches at 98 centers, in Bhadohi-Mirzapur Carpet Belt.
I would like to thank all my colleagues on the Board of Committee of Administration, CEPC; especially to Executive Director and Editors of the magazine for their tireless effort in reviving and brining continuously this In-House Carpet Magazine at par with International standards.
Siddh Nath Singh