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Reverse buyer seller meet on textile in Bengal starts with 50 international buyers from more than 20 countries

Kolkata, Dec 6 (UNI) West Bengal Minister of Consumer Affairs Sadhan Pande on Friday
said rural artisans of the state produce diverse range of products and Buyers Sellers
Meet can help them get the right price for their products.
Bengal artisans are producers of world class products but needs to improve their quality
of packaging opined Mr Pandey while speaking at the inaugural session of Reverse Buyer
Seller Meet for Textile & Apparel organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce here.
Mr Pande inaugurated an exhibition with the stalls of concerned stakeholders was also
setup displaying the products and their activities. The exhibition had also 20 SHGs
supported by the State Government.
The Reverse Buyer Seller Meet for Textile and Apparel sector organised by Indian
Chamber of Commerce was held for the first time in Kolkata under the aegis of the Union
Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
More than 50 foreign buyers from textile and apparel sector visited the city from more
than 19 different countries from various parts of globe such as Australia, Chile, China,
Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Rwanda, Poland, Palestine, Myanmar, Morocco, Mauritius,
Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE etc.
The event was organised to explore the strengths and potentials for export of Textile &
Apparel from the Eastern India.
The meet facilitated textile & apparel units from Eastern India, which are mainly in the
MSME segment, to interact with overseas buyers for sourcing, establishing marketing
tie-ups and exploring business collaborations and joint venture agreements.
More than 125 sellers from India also participated in the meet.
The programme was well supported by the Karnataka Government and also there were
about 20 SHGs supported by the Department of Self Help Group under the West Bengal
Government.
Talking about Karnataka Textile Policy Upendra Pratap Singh, IFS, Commissioner for
Textile and Director of Handlooms and Textiles, Govt. of Karnataka, said that the new policy
has potential to attract Rs 10,000 crore and provide employment opportunity of 5 lakh
people.
He said many varieties of sarees have obtained Geographical Indication (GI) namely Ilkal
Sarees, Mysore Silk Sarees, Udupi Cotton Sarees and Karnataka Kasuti Sarees.
Sulton Rahimzoda, Ambassador, the Republic of Tajikistan to India and Baraka Haran
Luvanda, High Commissioner, United Republic of Tanzania also graced the occasion and
talked about trade potential between their countries and India.
Chaitali Das, Social Entrepreneur & Mg. Trustee, Rakshak Foundation talked about the
benefit of using jute products.
Earlier, Vikash Agarwal, Sr. Vice President, ICC gave the welcome address.
Sanjay Jain, Chairman, ICC National Expert Committee on Textiles said that apparel
industry in Bengal is presently supplying to domestic market because most of the units
are MSME in nature.
Dr. Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce gave the formal
Vote of Thanks.
UNI BM
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