The 35th edition of India’s International Fair opened at the Pragati Maidan grounds in Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the fair saying the annual celebration of trade is to develop bilateral relations with the rest of the world, as the first five days were reserved exclusively for business visitors, after which the public will be permitted to enjoy their visit to the fair.
This year Afghanistan is the ‘partner country’ and Bangladesh is the ‘focus country, while Goa and Jharkhand are partner states and Madhya Pradesh has been made the focus state.
Over 7000 firms from India and overseas are participating, including Egypt, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey and the UAE.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the event is of ‘global stature’ and will follow the theme of PM Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative.