President to inaugurate trade fair on Saturday

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate here on Saturday the India International Trade Fair (IITF) that is expected to see participation of over 7,000 Indian and foreign companies.

Goa and Jharkhand are the partner states this year while the focus state is Madhya Pradesh.

Afghanistan is the partner country while Bangladesh is the focus country for the event.

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will preside over the inaugural function of the fair that has ‘Make in India’ as its theme, said the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the IITF organisers.

“Extending India’s global appeal for investment in diverse sectors, Smart Cities, Digital India, model villages, Clean Ganga Mission and Jan Dhan Yojana will be depicted in the central and state pavilions,” ITPO said in a statement.

Besides domestic firms, companies from Afghanistan, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates would showcase their products at the fair.

The ITPO said new and young entrepreneurs have been provided space at 50 percent discount.

Tickets will cost Rs.30 on public days and Rs.50 on weekends or holidays. Tickets can be purchased online for business days.

Senior citizens and differently-abled would be given free entry from November 19 to 27.

“There shall be no advance sale of tickets. The ticket sale counters may be closed earlier if tickets for the day are sold out. Entry will close at 5 p.m. every day,” ITPO said.

The fair will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Entry of school children will also be allowed during business days (November 14 to 18).

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