Odisha MSME International Trade Fair 2018 to focus on food processing sector


Bhubaneswar, Feb 26

Odisha MSME International Trade Fair-2018 will be held from March 5 to 10 with focus on food processing sector.

The trade fair will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and attended by more than 500 domestic and international delegates. The final preparatory meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of State MSME, Women and Child Development and SSEPD Minister Prafulla Samal and was attended by LN Gupta, ACS, MSME and all other relevant stakeholders.

On the occasion, Gupta informed that the trade fair will have more than 350 stalls divided into six pavilions. Whereas, the Theme Pavilion will be devoted for the food processing sector, Pavilion-1 will be international pavilion for the international exhibitors and CPSUs. Pavilion-2 is earmarked for food processing and sea food MSME units and Pavilion-3 will be earmarked for the MSMEs led by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs. Similarly, Pavilion-4 is reserved for MSMEs working in Engineering & allied sector, Pavilion-5 will be allotted to startups and exporters. CPSUs like, NALCO, IOCL, Ordnance Factory; State PSUs like OMC, GRIDCO, IPICOL, Central organisations including MPEDA, Coir Board, QCI and GEM have already confirmed their participation.

Gupta further added that on the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair, seminars on the MSME related topics will be held for the benefit of Micro and Small Entrepreneurs. Whereas, on March 6, a seminar will be held on “Credit & Marketing Linkage to MSMEs & Exporters”, on March 7, it will be on “Boosting MSME Business through ZED, GEM, IPR and Digital Marketing”. Whereas, on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, the seminar will be on “Development of MSMEs with Focus on Women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs/Startups”, on March 9, it will be on the “Potential of Food Processing in Odisha with Focus on Packaging”. On the last day, the seminar will be on the “Mission-1000 Startups-Way Forward”.

The seminars are likely to be addressed by Arun Panda, Secretary, MSME, Government of India, JP Meena, Secretary, Food Processing, Sundeep Nayak, MD, NCDC, amongst others. The trade fair will have added attraction of various Odia and continental cuisine. As many as 15 food stalls are being set up by the reputed hotels and restaurants in the trade fair.

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