Vyapar 2017: Kerala Industries Dept. Holds Promotional Meet


Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government has invited buyers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to actively participate in Vyapar 2017, a three-day small and medium enterprises (SME) B2B meet scheduled to be held in Kochi from February 2 to 4.

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.

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 & 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 & Industry (FICCI) at Hotel Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, in November.

The meet was attended by P M Francis IAS, Director of Industries & Commerce; V Rajagopal, CEO, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP) and Devendra Surana, Chairman, FICCI Telangana State Council.

A short film on Vyapar 2017 showcasing the strong SME manufacturing base in Kerala was screened.

“Kerala was the gateway of India in terms of maritime heritage of the country,” said Francis in his keynote address, recalling the State’s rich maritime tradition with the ancient Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and English.

He e HeHinvited the buyers from Andhra and Telangana regions to actively participate in the Vyapar 2017 in Kochi in February.

Rajagopal spoke about the strength of Kerala in various sectors and the event format of Vyapar 2017 as well as the registration process of buyers through FICCI. He pointed out that the Kerala Department of Industries & Commerce will provide local hospitality and accommodation to approved buyers during the event days.

Devendra recalled the close trade ties between Kerala and Andhra and Telangana and recommended that the buyers from these regions take part in the event.

Savio Mathew, Head of the FICCI Kerala State Council, and Akhilesh Mahurkar, Head of the FICCI Telangana State Council, also spoke on the occasion.