The MSME Expo-2009 organized by the Development Commissioner (MSME) at the 29th India International Trade Fair, was inaugurated by Shri Dinsha Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME at Pragati Maidan.. Shri Dinesh Rai, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises was also present on the occasion. Going around the Pavillion the Minister praised the exhibits and the work done by the clusters. He said that the need is to make special efforts to publicize the activities and schemes to create greater awareness and to reach out to the villages and bring economic prosperity and social upliftment of the rural masses.
The MSME Expo-2009 will help the SMEs to showcase their achievements in the global market. This Expo will also provide opportunities and fora for those SMEs who want to build up business linkages. The SME exhibitors gathered in New Delhi from different parts of the country have built up more than 85 stalls. The products range includes consumer electrical & electronic goods, engineering products, readymade & embroidery items, soft toys, health care, cosmetic and health products, food and allied products, carpets, shawls, home furnishings and made ups, handicrafts and decorative items, gems and jewellery, cotton and silk sarees, plastic household items, handbook printing, jute products, pressure cooker and aluminum utensils, leather bag, fancy bag, Jaipuri rajai, Kashmiri craft. Around 100 MSME entrepreneurs displayed their products in the areas of innovation, quality and R & D. At the Expo Stalls are earmarked for women, SC/ST and entrepreneurs from North Eastern Region. The entrepreneurs are provided stall space and other facilities at subsidized rates.
Participation was invited from across the country. This year, the representation is largely from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Punjab. The objective of the exhibition is the recognition of micro and small-scale units by showcasing the technology adopted by them in manufacturing items and also MSME EXPO is to provide a suitable platform/place at reasonable cost to micro and small scale entrepreneurs to showcase their products and technology and according generate business including export orders. The MSMEs display their innovated and qualitative products, which are widely appreciated by the visitors and buyers. They get every year million of rupees business from local as well as from overseas business houses/units. This exhibition has been widely appreciated by associations, MSMEs, NGOs and other similar organization. Shri Dinsha Patel also inaugurated the Coir Board pavilion in-keeping with the International Year for Natural Fibre, the Coir Board is displaying geo textiles in its seven stalls, in addition to various other coir products.