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India ITME Society seeks to explore international destinations

India ITME Society seeks to explore international destinations

Vinay Nayudu
Mumbai
The India ITME (International Textile Machinery Exhibitions) Society celebrated its 40 years of undeterred and excellent service globally at an event at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai last week.
On the occasion, India ITME Society launched a commemorative postal stamp marking its four-decade long journey and also as a mark of pride and humble gratitude to the nation.
The event was attended by P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India and Former Governor of Kerala; HE Dorothy Tembo - Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre, UN, and Swati Pandey, Postmaster General (Mumbai Region), India Post.
Back in 1979, the India ITME Society took a bold step towards projecting India as a friendly and feasible sourcing destination for African SMEs, designers and entrepreneurs. This aided in opening up new customers for the Indian Textile Industry.
During the memorable event, ITME Society organised a B2B meeting with women entrepreneurs from four African nations, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, aimed at empowering women across the world, and introduced ‘Women Entrepreneur Initiative’, one of the many value added services for the benefit of the industry.
Hari Shankar, Chairman of India ITME Society, said, “India ITME Society acknowledges the importance of industry associations by supporting trade and investment for its members not only domestically, but also globally. The society is encouraging dialogue between industry associations, developing better business connects between countries and expanding customer connect & market access globally through associations as part of their ‘Global Connect Initiative’.
While speaking to Qatar Tribune, Hari Shankar explained the role of ITME Society and how it came about and its future plans.
“Back in the 70s we didn’t have the needed technology and we had to rely on sourcing equipment and machinery from Europe. But over the course of time we set up the ITME Society to have world-class and state-of- the- art exhibitions where various textile machinery manufacturers can come to our events and showcase equipment from all over the world.
“Over the years, even equipment manufactured in India is now world class and comparable to the best in the world. We now take it overseas, we are competitive, amongst the top in the world, and textile industry in India is now second largest in terms of employment generation,” he said.
On ITME Society’s future plans, Hari Shankar said, “Africa has been an unconquered territory, it’s a huge market and by 2030 they are going to take up a lot of manufacturing operations.
“We are also looking at Qatar in the Middle East since it’s a growing market and a capable economy with dynamic vision.
“As a first step, the India ITME is going to hold an exhibition in Ethiopia in February 2020. It was a task to pick a destination and needed a lot of research. We had a very able partner in International Trade Center which suggested us pinpointing Ethiopia. We shall soon have more world destination in our roadmap of the future.
“It is also about countries wanting to empower their own people and see their economy grow and trade can really lead up the path, we believe.
It is a mutual area of interest and not just one way and about taking the skill sets forward through India ITME’s experience of 40 years. That is something what we aim to take to several nations of the world.
“We will then have a flagship event in Noida, near New Delhi in December 2020. It will be one of the largest such event anywhere in the world.”
The India ITME Society has evolved into a global phenomenon embracing internationalism and reaching out to emerging economies. India witnessed its first exhibition in 1980 & since then the legacy has been successfully carried forward.
Its exhibitions series namely India ITME Series & GTTES along with several supporting initiatives have heralded a new era in the Textile Engineering Industry.
During the day-long event, a special interactive session on ‘Strengthening bilateral trade relation with neighbouring countries’ was organised for industry members, associations and officials.
This session was addressed by Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre, UN, who was in India for the first time, to encourage Indo – Africa bilateral trade relations.
This unique session provided an opportunity for participants to interact with industry associations from Botswana, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ghana, Switzerland and India.
In the panel discussion, the topic “Role of Associations in strengthening bilateral trade” was delivered by panel speakers Govind Venuprasad from International Trade Center; Krishna Chinniah, President of the Botswana Textile & Clothing Association; HE Faruque Hassan - Consulate General of Greece in Bangladesh; Richard Salvatore - General Coordinator (TEMSAD); Doris N. Kessie - CEO/Director of D-G Embroidery and Doress Fashion & Designs Institute; Prof. Dr. Ing. Yves-Simon Gloy - RWTH Aachen University, Germany; and HE. Demeke Atnafu Ambulo - The Consulate General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Mumbai.(From left) ITME Treasurer Ketan Sanghvi, Former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, Deputy Executive Director of UN International Trade Centre Dorothy Tembo, India ITME Society Chairman Hari Shankar and India Posts Postmaster General Swati Pandey unveil India ITME Society’s stamp, in Mumbai, India.

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