Every year Delhi hosts India International Trade Fair from 14th -27th November at Pragati Maidan. This year India International Trade Fair, 37th edition is scheduled from November 14-27, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) on Nov 14 at Pragati Maidan, marking the beginning of the 14-day event in the national capital. Jharkhand and Vietnam will be the partner state and the country respectively.

IITF with B2B and B2C components is one of the largest integrated trade fairs. The format of IITF has Business, Social, Cultural and Educational Dimensions that are weaved together where visitors and exhibitors, media persons, marketing professionals, social activists, NGOs etc. all come together to explore their objectives. A number of Government Organisations use this platform to spread awareness about their programmes and policies among the public. As such, almost all States and Union Territories of Federal Government of India participate in this mega event. Several pavillions at the Pragati Maidan have been demolished to make way for the massive revamp of the venue, which includes the construction of an Integrated Exhibition cum Convention Centre (IECC).

Theme of 2017: “Start up India: Stand up India"
“Start up India: Stand up India" scheme is a Mission launched on 16th of January in 2016 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India. This is a most effective campaign which will create more job opportunities to the Indian youths. Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the country about this scheme in his speech on 15th of August 2015. This scheme will directly help people in opening their own successful entreprises.  A complete action plan has also been launched by the government to give shape to this campaign.

Advantages of IITF
IITF is a major tourist attraction and lakhs of people visit the fair every year. This annual event provides a common platform for the manufacturers, traders, exporters and importers. The fair displays comprises a wide range of products and services.

The mains advantage of the Trade Fair are:
1.    Branding opportunity on large LED screens installed at strategic
locations in fair premises .
2.    Launching platform for extending business in Indian market/across
boundaries
3.    Test marketing and promotion of new concepts, products, services and
technologies.
4.    One stop sourcing platform for wide range of products including
consumer goods, services and projects for SMEs etc.

Regulatory Body:
    TPO, the premier Trade Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India is committed to showcase excellence achieved by the country in diverse fields especially trade and commerce.
    ITPO provides a wide spectrum of services to trade and industry and acts as a catalyst for growth of India's trade.
    ITPO approves holding of international trade fairs in India and regulates holding of various expositions in India primarily to avoid any duplication of efforts while ensuring proper timing.
    It manages India's world class exhibition complex which is constantly upgraded to keep it in a high standard of readiness. Spread over 123 acres of prime land in the heart of India's capital, New Delhi, Pragati Maidan offers about 61,290 sq. mtrs. of covered exhibition space in 16 halls, besides 10,000 sq. mtrs. of open display area.
    The state-of-the-art exhibition halls have enhanced the appeal of Pragati Maidan as the ideal center for an increasing number of fair organisers and business visitors from different parts of the world.
    ITPO has an extensive infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities that are availed by both exporters and importers.
    ITPO's regional offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, through their respective profile of activities, ensure a concerted and well coordinated trade promotion drive throughout the country.
    ITPO is also providing assistance to State Governments in setting up Regional Trade Promotion Centres (RTPC) in various State's Capital and major cities. Initiatives have been taken by ITPO for establishing Trade Fair Complexes and Convention Centres at Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Sri Nagar (Jammu & Kashmir), in close association by the State Governments and Industrial Development Corporations/Boards of these States.
The world has acknowledged the changed business environment in India and the strides made in ease of doing business and the country is recognised as a bright spot of the global economy and the world has acknowledged the change in its business environment. Introduction of GST has been a milestone and it has broken down barriers between states. It has provided a boost to the creation of a common market and a more formal economy as well as a stronger manufacturing sector.

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