President inaugurates IITF 2012
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 32nd edition of the India International Trade Fair on Wednesday at Pragati Maidan.
Addressing the function, the President said the fair has been an excellent platform for micro, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase their products and penetrate both domestic and international markets at attractive prices.
Mukherjee stressed that MSMEs are a source of rural empowerment, which is one of the key objectives of the government's agenda of inclusive growth.
The President said he was happy to note that the theme of the IITF this year is "Skilling India".
He stated that skill building is an integral part of a nation's economic progress.
He said ITPO has done commendable work in bringing all stakeholders together to share their experience at this important event.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Mikhail V Myasnikovich, Prime Minister of Belarus, Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce, D. Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for Commerce, Elizabeth Thabethe, Dy. Minister, Trade and Industry, South Africa, Lt Gen (Retd.) Bhopinder Singh, Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Vijay Bahuguna, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of NCT of Delhi.
At the 32nd IITF, the focus state and country are Andaman Nicobar Islands and South Africa respectively.
The partner state and the country are Uttarakhand and the Republic of Belarus respectively.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Thailand have set up their "National Pavilion" at this Trade Fair; and about 480 overseas exhibitors from 22 countries are participating in the event.