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Inauguration of 6th IISF By Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Honble Textile Minister On 16th October 2018 at Pragati Maidan, New Delh

INAUGURATION OF INDIA INTERNATIONAL SILK FAIR BY

SMT. SMRITI ZUBIN IRANI, HON’BLE TEXTILE MINISTER

ON 16TH OCTOBER 2018 AT PRAGATI MAIDAN, NEW DELHI

The flagship event of the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council, the 6th edition of India International Silk Fair will be inaugurated on 16th October 2018 at 11.30 am by Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Hon’ble Textile Minister where Shri Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles shall also be present as Guest of  Honour.

The Indian Silk Industry is very important being rural and agriculture based providing livelihood to around 8 million populations in the country. India is 2nd largest producer of silk in the world. Whereas the Silk production in all other silk producing countries is on decline, the silk production in India is consistently on rise. The day is not for away when India will only be the leading silk producer but also as silk exporting country.  

The silk sector not only earns foreign exchange for the country, but being highly labour intensive, it provides gainful employment to millions of artisans, including woven folk in rural areas.

India has a rich and dynamic heritage of Silk artistry and craftsmanship evident by its diverse weaving practices and lifestyles of communities. It has been an integral part of our living traditions and diversity will always be our strength. In the global silk market, we can leverage this uniqueness and diversity of our styles to meet the changing demands worldwide. In this venture, we must ensure more visibility and promotion of our products globally and provide opportunities for our manufacturers to understand the dynamics of global market.

The Indian Silk Export Promotion Council has received registration of over 218 overseas buyers from various overseas countries to visit the stands of over 108 exhibitors of silk and silk blended products manufactured in various parts of the country and exported all over the world. The exhibition has special presence of artisans products from J & K and North East showcasing the unique products from their region which will be an added attraction of buyers. The Central Silk Board is putting up Theme Pavilion showcasing the future vision of Indian Silk Industry.    

The 3 days exhibition at Pragati Maidan in Hall No. 12 from 16-18 October 2018 is expected to generate a Business of over US $ 20 million for the SMEs engaged in producing silk and silk blended garments, fabrics, accessories and floor covering. The fair will provide a unique opportunity for exporters display products and for overseas buyers a place orders and source their merchandize. The step of organizing this fair is a commitment of carrying forward of message of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India as “Make in India”.  The fair is open for buyers and sellers and invited visitors only.

We are grateful to the Government of India, Hon’ble Vice President of India; hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Ministers for Textiles, Commerce and Industry; Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles; Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Lt Governor of Delhi; Secretary (Textiles); Secretary (Commerce); CSB, SMOI and all Senior Officers of Central & State Governments for their support to this Fair.   

The Council acknowledge the support of all the exhibitors  and overseas buyers  participating in the fair and wish them great success in their Endeavour.