Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts Current Affairs - 2019

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IHGF-Delhi Fair begins

The 48th Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) organized by the Ministry of Textiles began in Greater Noida on October 16, 2019. More than 3,200 Indian exhibitors are participating in the fair. Around 110 overseas buyers from 110 countries are participating in the event as well. They are here to source furniture, fashion, lifestyle and textiles products of the exhibitors.

In the event, the Ministry extended its support to the proposal of EPCH for setting up handicraft parks for apparel and handloom.

Significance of IHGF

Handicrafts are important in terms of economic development. The sector provides a number of opportunities for the unemployed with a minimal investment. The sector earns around Rs 43,000 crores (2015) of rupees annually. Out of this, it earns an export of Rs 10,000 crores annually.

About EPCH

The EPCH is the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts and was established under Companies act (1986-87). It is the apex body for the handicraft exporters in India. It is the nodal agency to promote exports of handicrafts to different destinations. The Council has set up Handicrafts Carpet Sector Skill Council that implements the VRIKSH initiative. Apart from this, it has also launched the Indian Timber Legality Assessment and Verification Scheme that aims to establish a chain of custody and legality of wood.

46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair

The 46th edition of world’s largest IHGF-Delhi Fair was held at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida from October 14 to 18, 2018. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Textiles Ajay Tamta. It was organized by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH). It saw participation by over 3200 exhibitors and visit of overseas buyers from over 110 countries.

Key Facts

The IHGF fair is held biannually and is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. It has played vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country and has acquired special importance for handicrafts sector as overseas buyers find this fair as the most effective sourcing medium for their requirements and that the Indian exporting community considers this  as the most effective marketing medium for their merchandise.

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)

It is apex body of handicrafts exporters for promotion of exports of handicrafts from country. It promotes supports, protects, maintains and increase export of handicrafts. It was established as non-profit organisation under Companies Act in 1986-87. It is also engaged in promotion of handicrafts from India and project India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicrafts. It is run and managed by team of professionals headed by Executive Director.