Govt invites AP, Telangana buyers to attend B2B meettext_fields
Thiruvananthapuram: The State government has invited buyers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states to actively participate in Vyapar 2017, a three-day small and medium enterprises (SME) B2B meet, scheduled to be held in Kochi, about 200 kms from here, from February 2.
A string of SME sectors, including food processing, handloom textiles and garments, rubber, coir products, Ayurveda and herbal, electrical and electronics and traditional sectors like handicrafts and bamboo, will display their products during the meet, a release said here today.
The event provides a platform to the buyers for direct interactions and discussions with the participating manufacturers and sellers from Kerala.
As a prelude to the event, the Kerala State Department of Industries and Commerce held a promotional campaign among the buying community in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana regions.
The promotional meet was held in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, in November last, it said.
The meet was chaired by Director of Industries and Commerce, P M Francis IAS, CEO of Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP), V Rajagopal and Chairman of FICCI Telangana State Council, Devendra Surana.
A short film on Vyapar 2017 showcasing the strong SME manufacturing base in Kerala was also shown, it said.
"Kerala was the gateway of India in terms of maritime heritage of the country," said Francis in his address, recalling the states rich maritime tradition with the ancient Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and English.
He invited buyers in the Andhra and Telangana regions to actively participate in the Vyapar 2017 in Kochi in February.
Talking about Keralas strength in various sectors and the event format for Vyapar 2017, Rajagopal pointed out that the Kerala Department of Industries and Commerce would provide local hospitality and accommodation to approved buyers during the event days.
Head of the FICCI Kerala State Council, Savio Mathew and Head of the FICCI Telangana State Council, Akhilesh Mahurkar also spoke on the occasion, the release added.