Handicraft Exports witnessed 13.15 % growth in 2016-17

Handicraft Exports witnessed 13.15 % growth in 2016-17

The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has urged the exporting fraternity to take care of the welfare of artisans who are the backbone of the sector.  After inaugurating IHGF – Delhi Fair Autumn 2017, the Minister appreciated the role of Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) in promoting exports of handicrafts.  She noted that handicraft exports have witnessed a year-on-year growth of 13.15% in 2016-17 and has touched Rs. 24,392 crores.  .

Smriti appreciated the introduction of “Design Register” scheme by EPCH, which allows hassle-free registration of designs by member exporters.  She said that EPCH design services will definitely help the sector in a big way and will augment the exports of handicrafts from the country, ultimately increasing employment opportunities to artisans.

The Textiles Minister expressed her satisfaction that the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to promote the North East is being effectively implemented by EPCH. They has an integrated programme of development of NER handicrafts and handlooms, under which support is provided for design, marketing and skill development.

The Minister also noted that for the first time for handicrafts sector, an initiative is being taken to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and opportunities for Joint Ventures for both exporters and importers.  A symposium on “Investment Opportunities in Handicrafts Sector” is being organised. This initiative will give opportunities for overseas buyers to bring technical know-how, investment and marketing networks to form joint ventures for promoting Indian handicrafts in the world market.

Speaking at the event, Chairman, EPCH, O.P. Prahladka spoke of EPCH’s vision for the next five years on technology upgradation and EPCH has just started the “Design and Product Development Technology Mission”. He also appreciated the support received from Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Commerce for the smooth implementation of GST.

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