Odisha MSME International Trade Fair-2018 to be held between March 5-10, 2018


Bhubaneswar : Odisha MSME International Trade Fair, 2018 will be held with focus on Food Processing Sector between March 5-10, 2018. The trade fair will be inaugurated by  Chief Minister and attended by more than 500 domestic and international delegates. The
final preparatory meeting in this regard was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Prafulla
Samal, Minister, MSME, W&CD & SSEPD today and was attended by Shri L.N. Gupta,
ACS, MSME and all other relevant stakeholders.

On this occasion, Shri L.N. Gupta, ACS, MSME informed that the trade fair will have
more than 350 stalls divided into 06 pavilions. Whereas, the Theme Pavilion will be devoted for the food processing sector, Pavilion-1 will be international pavilion for the international exhibitors and CPSUs. Pavilion 2 is earmarked for food processing and sea food MSME units and Pavilion 3 will be earmarked for the MSMEs led by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs. Similarly, Pavilion 4 is reserved for MSMEs working in Engineering & allied sector, Pavilion-5 will be allotted to startups and exporters. CPSUs like, NALCO, IOCL, Ordnance Factory; State PSUs like OMC, GRIDCO, IPICOL, Central Organisations namely, MPEDA, Coir Board, QCI and GEM have already confirmed their participation.

Shri Gupta further added that on the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair, Seminars on the
MSME related topics will be held for the benefit of Micro and Small Entrepreneurs.
Whereas, on the 6th March, the Seminar will be held on “Credit & Marketing Linkage to
MSMEs & Exporters”, on the 7th March it will be on “Boosting MSME Business through
ZED, GEM, IPR and Digital Marketing”. Whereas, on 8th March, which is International
Women’s Day, the seminar will be on “Development of MSMEs with Focus on Women and
ST/SC Entrepreneurs/Startups”, on the 9th March, it will be on the “Potential of Food
Processing in Odisha with Focus on Packaging”. On the last day i.e. 10th March, the seminar will be on the “Mission-1000 Startups-Way Forward”.

The seminars are likely to be addressed by Shri Arun Panda, Secretary, MSME, Govt.
of India, Shri J.P. Meena, Secretary, Food Processing, Shri Sundeep Nayak, MD, NCDC etc.
amongst others. The trade fair will have added attraction of various Odia and Continental
cuisine. 15 Food Stalls are being set up by the reputed hotels and restaurants in the trade fair. Lastly, for the culture lovers cultural programmes have been planned for each evening.