India Carpet Expo at Varanasi has witnessed the overwhelming presence of 350 overseas buyers, in addition to 276 buying representatives, in the first three days.
A delegation from Yiwu city of China visited the India Carpet Expo on 13th October, 2015 on an invitation from CEPC. Mr. Wang Bi Rong, Director General Bureau of Commerce led the delegation of eight members to study the qualities of Indian handmade carpets displayed by 303 exporters from all over India.
The delegation from CEPC was led by Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal, Chairman, CEPC, accompanied by all Members of Committee of Administration of the Council. A presentation was made about the economy and market position of the Yiwu City, by Mr. Wang Bi Rong. The Chinese delegation was very excited to visit the Expo and informed that they witnessed a very high quality in Indian handmade carpets, which they did not find in China. The delegation was confident that the Indian handmade carpets would get a very good sales response in Yiwu City. They informed that after the Expo, they will discuss with CEPC in arriving at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for promoting and selling Indian handmade carpets in Yiwu. CEPC Chairman, Shri Kuldeep R. Wattal expressed hope that such collaborations would give a boost to exports of Indian carpets to China.
While thanking CEPC for hosting them and giving them an insight into Indian handmade carpets industry, Mr. Rong, the Director General, expressed the desire to have a strong representation of Indian Handmade Carpet Exporters in Yiwu City in their May 2016 show. Chairman, CEPC appreciated the efforts of the delegation in making Indian carpets popular in China; he also assured them that the industry is looking forward to China as a whole and Yiwu City in particular, adding that China will be one of their major business partner countries in coming times.
Shri Ravinder Jaiswal, MLA, Varanasi also visited India Carpet Expo and saw the arrangement and facilities available at the fair ground. He met the participating exhibitors also and appreciated the new developments made by the Indian carpet manufacturers. He met overseas buyers and Chinese delegation as well and assured the carpet exporters and CEPC that he will apprise Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of the efforts made by Carpet Export Promotion Council in providing excellent infrastructure to the manufacturers from Varanasi-Bhadohi-Mirzapur belt in promoting Indian carpets and helping the artisans and weavers of this area.
Some of the leading and reputed buyers from US, U.K., Brazil, South Africa and other European countries who visited the fair spoke very encouragingly about the display of various handmade carpets, floor coverings and arrangements made by the organizers.
Organizers are extremely happy with the results till today and hope that more and more buyers will come on the last day of the Expo as well, on 14th October, 2015, and make this Expo a very successful one.