Thailand Trade Show being organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, Royal Thai Government got off to a colourful start at Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Special performance of Traditional Thai Dances was a major attraction on the inaugural day event.
As many as 30 companies from Thailand displayed exclusive products such as artificial flowers, artificial jewelry, silver jewelry, health & beauty care products, wellness and spa products, organic beauty products, health food, fashion accessories, food and beverage, garments, handbags, footwear, home décor and household products were on display at the trade show.
Anurag Aggarwal, Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, inaugurated the five-day show in presence of Tharadol Thongruang, Minister Counsellor (Commercial), Royal Thai Embassy, Dinesh Dua, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council and CEO and Director, Nectar Life Sciences Ltd, Rohit Grover, Vice Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council and Director (Commercial), JREW Engineering Ltd and Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII Northern Region.
Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, Anurag Aggarwal, said, “CII has provided a great platform to the people of the Tricity to not only buy choicest art, handicraft and décor items from Thailand but also connect with the people of the country. It is heartening to see that a ‘mini Thailand’ exists in Chandigarh in the form of a number of Thai students studying in Chandigarh. A platform like the Thailand Trade Show is a great way to facilitate inter-cultural exchange as well as boost bilateral trade. A million tourists from India go to Thailand and a huge number of religious tourists from Thailand visit India every year. There is vast scope for the two nations to boost trade and cultural bonds with events like the trade show.”
Dr Dinesh Dua, Chairman, CII Chandigarh Council and CEO and Director, Nectar Lifesciences Ltd said, “India’s Look East policy from 1993 and Thailand’s Look West policy since 1996 set the stage for a substantive consolidation of bilateral relations. The past few years since 2001 have witnessed growing warmth, increasing economic and commercial links, exchange of high-level visits on both sides, and the signing of a large number of Agreements leading to a further intensification of relations. Thailand Trade Show also signifies the deep bond that the people of the two nations share.”
Regional Director, CII Northern Region, Pikender Pal Singh said, “The Thailand Trade Show in Chandigarh is one of major initiatives of CII NR to promote people to people connect by presenting culture and heritage of nations which share cultural and heritage with India. Through this initiative CII attempts to showcase varied household and related products to the residents of the Tricity and its satellite towns. We are very happy with the response of exhibitors and also visitors. The next step will be to hold more such events in other parts of North India to establish similar connect with the people of other parts.”