Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Dec 30:
As part of its efforts to promote entrepreneurship among youth, the Odisha government is all set to hold the seven-day long Odisha Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) International Trade Fair-2014 at the IDCO exhibition ground here from January 1.
The second edition of the trade fair, the organizer MSME department claimed, would be a one stop shop for entrepreneur activities that will boost the self-employment prospects of the youth in the state.
MSME secretary Panchanan Das said about 270 stalls would be put up in the trade fair out of which 200 stalls would be reserved for entrepreneurs from Odisha. “While 50 stalls would be reserved for other states, we have invited seven countries to promote export of our technology to their countries,” said Das.
“Instead of going outside to get the knowhow for setting up industries, new entrepreneurs of the state will get the opportunity to see the demonstration of the equipment which are used in the industries in this seven days long international trade fair. There will be seven information centres in the fair, where entrepreneurs can gather information on various aspects like funding, setting up industries, marketing etc,” he said.
The countries likely to visit the trade fair are Republic of Malawi, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.
Forty renowned equipment manufacturing companies, 16 nationalised and other private banks and many state PSUs will participate in the fair. Rourkela Steel Plant, Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd., Nalco, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Paradip Port Trust (PPT), Tata Steel, IOCL and Essel Mining will be among the major Indian companies that will take part in the seven-day fair.
The best enterprises of Odisha would be showcased under the Odisha pavilion while the extraordinary activities of other sectors, including handloom and handicraft, will also be showcased properly, said Das.
The organizers of this trade fair, the MSME Dept. of Govt. of Odisha and NSIC are hopeful that this international trade fair will provide the necessary guidance and impetus to the young men and women in the state for setting up and development of industries, Das said.
Technical seminars, best practices and policies on promotion and development of the MSME sector would be taken up along with opportunities for investing in Odisha during the seven days of the fair.
It is to be noted that the MSME department has targeted to produce 10,000 entrepreneurs from unemployed youths in the next one year through holding of entrepreneurship development programmes in various parts of the state.
“While we have set a target to create 10,000 entrepreneurs by March 2014, about 8,000 entrepreneurs have already been created. 37,000 persons would be engaged in the MSME industries,” claimed the MSME secretary.
The youths will be provided skill training and hand-holding support for project report preparation, registration to credit linkages and establishment of ventures.
Cultural programmes will be performed in the evening on all seven days of the trade fair.
The trade fair would be inaugurated by Governor SC Jamir while joint secretary of MSME department, Union government SN Tripathy would be the guest of honour on the occasion, he said.
P C Nayak, Dy. Zonal General Manager, NSIC, N Palai, IAS, Director of Industries, B K Das, Director and EP & M and Anupam Gayen, SBM, NSIC were present at the press conference.