It is high time that few realize the adverse impact of duty discrimination prevailing within Carpet Sector, which is one of the most strategic and labour intensive sectors. The duty bias has been one of the factors discouraging the Indian handmade carpet sector to attain its potential production and growth in exports.
On the export front, the Handmade Carpet Sector had performed exceptionally well, achieving an export turnover in excess of USD 1380.67 Million during 2014-15 as compared to the last fiscal year, despite adverse market conditions particularly in USA, and EU countries. We are confident that we will surpass the targets set by the Govt of India, I congratulate our Members and request them to keep up the good work going on and think bigger & aim higher in the future. With the active support from the various Central government Departments i.e. Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Cabinet Secretary Office, State Govts and other governmental departments, through Export Promotion Initiatives, Indian Handmade Carpet exports are set for a fast track growth since last year.
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 2015-16, which includes participation in prestigious fairs i.e. Home Furnishing Expo at Shenzhen (China), Decorex 2015 in Johannesburg (South Africa); Autumn Fair Intl in Birmingham (U.K.), 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo 2015 at Varanasi, India Trend Fair 2015 in Tokyo (Japan); DOMOTEX Intl Trade fair in Hannover, Décor Show 2016, DOMOTEX Asia China Floor in Shanghai (China) in 2016, 31st India Carpet Expo in New Delhi, BSMs in Montreal, Toronto (Canada) and BSM in Mexico in 2016. etc. I call upon all the 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 30th Edition of India Carpet Expo held at Varanasi from 11-14 October 2015 concluding on a very successful note. This year the Expo has a record number of member exporter participants i..e. 303 as against 283 in the previous year and was spread over to 12839 sqmt area. Also a huge number of 354 foreign buyers from around 46 countries had attended the Expo at Varanasi. The Fair was also attended by a large number of i.e. 276 buyers representatives from all over the country.
In the current issue we have published brief reports on CEPC's 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. As per our commitment to the Trade and World Body, we are shortly going to start a Child Labour Cell in CEPC Bhadohi Regional Office manning by 3-4 executives. Some of the major role for the personnel of the Child Labour Cell would be to Visit carpet weaving areas all over India, including those described as the new carpet belts, to hold awareness campaigns for loom-owners on existing and new laws specially emphasizing issues of bonded, forced and indentured child labour. The Child Labour Cell will also monitor nearby looms during their visits to check the reports received from the designated agencies as well as the de-registered looms in the areas they visit. They will also, in addition to the agencies, register any un-registered looms which they find.
I also call upon all the Members of CEPC & take pleasure in sharing the information about CEPC run carpet weaving training centres. At present CEPC is having 83 carpet weaving training centres and would like to start more with the active help of CEPC Members who are interested in running these centres. Salient features of the training programmes can be seen in this issue of Magazine at CEPC “CSR Activities for Skill Development on Hand-Knotted & Hand-Tufted Carpet Weaving” to train 5000 Artisans in Mirzapur-Bhadohi-Varanasi Carpet Producing Belt.
I would like to share with my carpet fraternity that with the help of the DC (Handicrafts), we have successfully organized two days Seminars & Workshops at Srinagar and Jaipur on promotion of Indian Handmade Carpets, invited Senior Officers from the various Governmental organizations, including Excise and Customs, DGFT, ECGC, DC (HC) etc. The information shared and disseminated by Speakers of above Deptts were of enormous use of the Member Exporters participants in particular and in general to the gatherings. The seminars at Agra, Panipat, New Delhi are to be arranged and organized in the coming months with the active help of the Assistant Directors of O/o the DC (Handicrafts). We are also going to start Four Months duration of Technical Training Programs to impart training on weaving of Handmade Carpets and Duries i.e. Three Centres each at Jaipur, Dausa in Rajasthan; three centres each at Panipat (Haryana) and Agra (U.P.) with the financial assistance from the office of the DC (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India.
The Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) has also approved Organizing of Domestic Exhibition-cum -Sale of Handmade Carpets at Rajiv Gandhi Handicraft Bhawan, Shilpi Haat in New Delhi, during 01-11-2015 to 15-11-2015. We have called for the applications and allotted the stalls to the interested member exhibitors wherein we are also displaying Hand Knotted Carpets and Hand Tufted Carpets weaved by the trainees of CEPC run Carpet Weaving Training Centres, especially from the villages in Jayapur, Varanasi Distt.
As the warmer season approaches fast, preparations gain momentum for the next edition of DOMOTEX at Hannover, Germany. Almost all the stalls have been booked by the Members of the Council for the coming mega show. I hope Members plan well in advance so that they draw maximum mileage through various means made available by the Carpet Export Promotion Council.
31st Edition of India Carpet Expo is an absolute must for the whole industry. ICE is the World's largest specialized Trade Fair for Carpets & Floor Coverings enjoys no 1 position as one of the leading Mega International Carpet Expo. The exhibits are grouped together by theme to make it easier for visitors around the world to find their ways around. The latest in tradition carpet designs, designer rugs and modern rugs and carpets can be found in CEPC specialized created gigantic Halls.
Fresh and contemporary ?ooring designs, numerous innovations, carpets, parquet, laminate and resilient ?oor coverings – CEPC though ICE brings you all this under one roof. The most important meeting-place to catch up on trends and make new contacts is a firm fixture in the business calendar of industry decision-makers. There's no comparable event – making it a must for exhibitors and visitors alike. For Member exporters exhibitors ICE offers an ideal showcase to get the trading year off to a good start, while visitors can get a complete overview of the latest products and markets. All the market leaders at one place INDIA CARPET EXPO 2016 looks set to be another success story. Many big-name exhibitors have already booked their place. It is my pleasure to share that our representations at premier-shows world-over as illustrated pre-page have been well-received.
It is my pleasure to share that our representations at premier-shows world-over as illustrated pre-page have been well-received.
I would like to thank all my colleagues on the Board of Committee of Administration, CEPC; especially to Executive Director and Editor of the magazine for their tireless effort in brining continuously this In-House Carpet Council Magazine at par with International standards. I feel a sense of pride in again presenting the next issue of CARPET COUNCIL News in a improvised version, which is designed and developed by our Consultant. I hope you will find this issue more informative and useful. I request all Members to send their valuable suggestions, feedback and any write-up on industry's various issues.
With best wishes and hoping for our continued interactions.
With Kind Regards,
KULDEEP RAJ WATTAL