New Delhi, Nov 14: The 37th edition of the mega fair – the India International Trade Fair (IITF)-2017, organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) got off to a colourful start at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi today. The A&N Administration is also taking part in the IITF 2017. The theme of ITPO for India International Trade Fair-2017 is ‘Start up India: Stand up India’ and the theme of Andaman & Nicobar Administration is ‘Indigenous Handicrafts’.
The Lt Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM. AVSM, YSM, NSM, VSM (Retd.), inaugurated the Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ Pavilion at Hanger No 3 at the Pragati Maidan this evening.
The Lt Governor visited the stalls, evincing keen interest in the items on display. He also interacted with the participants and enquired about the exhibits and the services they are offering and promoting. The Lt Governor asked the tourism service providers to make the visitors aware of the tourism potential of A&N Islands and also of the projects in the pipeline for the development of the Islands.
The Secretary (Industries), Smti Neha Bansal, Dy Resident Commissioner, A&N Administration, New Delhi, Shri Kuldeep Singh Thakur, Director of Industries, Shri Ajit Anand and AATO President, Shri M Vinod were among others present during the inaugural ceremony.
The Andaman & Nicobar Pavilion is showcasing handicrafts, tourism services and opportunities of the Islands during this fair. The Departments of Industries, Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism of the A&N Administration are the participating Departments in this Chapter of IITF-2017. While local spices and virgin coconut oil are on display and sales by the Agriculture Department, ‘Sport Fishing’ in A&N Islands is being highlighted by the Fisheries Department while the Industries Department is promoting the sale of local made handicrafts. Besides the Tourism Department, two Tour Operators, Viz Modern Tours & Travel and Paradise Tours & Travel are also participating in this fair, to highlight the tourism activities in the Isles. The product of only Tribal Enterprise dealing with manufacturing of virgin coconut oil is showcased under the brand ‘Coco Nico’, in the A&N Islands’ Pavilion. A miniature model of Humphrey Strait Creek Bridge, to come up between Gandhi Ghat and Uttara Jetties, is also on display for information of the visitors.
India International Trade Fair is an annual mega trade event which has been one of the cornerstones of Indian trading scene in the recent history organized from Nov. 14 to 27 every year at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. During the Fair, the Andaman & Nicobar Administration displays various development programmes beside providing information on tourism, trade and industries to attract investment in these Islands and also to create quality employment opportunity for exposure with mainland customers.