Kashmir Expo 7th International buyer-seller meet held at Sher-e-Kashmir Convention Centre (SKICC) concluded on Monday. The three-day meet was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on March 17 terming the meet as a ‘milestone’ to promote the handicraft of Kashmir.
The meet was organised by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) with an aim to provide platform for the International buyers to meet manufacturers and exporters of Kashmir handicraft under one roof.
The three-day meet was attended by 65 International buyers and 18 buying agents from leading houses of India. Almost 100 stalls were set up at the meet which displayed various products like embroidered shawls, bags, Kashmiri rugs, stoles, wooden items, paper machie, carpets, etc.
RehmatUllah Khan from G M Shawls said it was a good experience for them and a great opportunity to promote their handicraft.
“We have received many from the buyers. More than 50 buyers visited our stall. We deal with Pashmina, Kani Jamawar, Sozni Jamawar and Kalamkari shawls which attracted buyers the most.”
He said the Chamber should invite buyers from America, Europe, Gulf, Germany and London as they are the potential buyers.
Suhail from Business Asia Enterprises said they had to rely on Delhi to exhibit their goods but with the help the Chamber, they are now able to meet their buyers at one place.
“It is a great initiative and it is a good sign for the State. The orders that we have received are round about 30,000 dollars and 12 and 13 buyers have finalized their deal with us which includes chain stitched rugs, modern art cushions and shawls.”
KCCI President Javed Ahmad Tenga said they had a good response from International buyers during the three-day meet.
“Orders near about 2 million dollars have been finalised. The sale of carpet was comparatively less than the shawls, chain stitched rugs and stoles. We had invited agents from leading business houses of India as they play a pivotal role in export. These International buyers and buying agents of India are brand ambassadors for us and they help in building a good image of the State which has been highlighted in a negative way.”
He said agents also proposed to organise two exhibitions for them in England and America.
“The buyers from Central Asia have shown a good response to our sellers and it is a big achievement for us. Most of our products were not exported to Central Asia but now it is open.”
He said the handicraft sale has been affected for past three years.
“We are going to participate in the major exhibitions of the world to revive the handicrafts. We have already given proposals to Ministry of commerce and the Government of India for international exhibitions/buyer-seller meet.”
Tenga said under ‘Marketing Development Initiative’ scheme sponsored by Ministry of Commerce, government of India in which the developed countries are not provided grant.
“These countries have to bear their own expenses. They are welcome but under this scheme they are not eligible for air tickets and hotels. They have to sponsor themselves that is why no American and European have arrived here.”