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A special presentation given by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Kerala highlighted the opportunities for small and medium enterprises at the Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016 being held in Kochi early next year

The Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Kerala gave a special presentation at FHW Goa on the upcoming Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016 which will be organised by them from February 4-6, 2016, at the CIAL Trade Fair & Exhibition Centre, Nedumbaserry, Kochi. The aim of the event is to highlight the capability and potential of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kerala.

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V Rajagopal

“We are interested in facilitating productive interaction between the SMEs and the market,” said V Rajagopal, CEO, Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion. An audio visual presentation focused on the various products – from furniture to lifestyle to interior products, etc. “Exquisite woodcraft and bamboo handicrafts are among the products that will be displayed at the show. Kerala being the home of Ayurveda, finding a place of pride at the show will be a wide range of products based on Ayurveda,” mentioned Rajagopal.

This is the fifth time the government of Kerala is organising the B2B meet. There are seven major sectors of the three-day buyer-seller meet – food processing (food and spices); handlooms, textile and garments; rubber; wood based industries; Ayurveda, herbal and cosmetics; electrical and electronics; traditional sector including handicrafts and bamboo related.

Along with promoting some of the key industries, the meet also highlights the strong manufacturing base of the SME sector in Kerala. The event provides an environment of growth and progress for the regional market. One to one interactions can be held to develop business acumen and gain valuable insights with delegates across India and abroad.

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The 2015 B2B Meet was a big success with dedicated participation of business houses, buyers trade associates, trade representatives from all over the country and overseas. The business interactions held during the three days of the previous meet were successful. As per the feedback received from the participants, about 5100 business meetings were held between buyers and sellers and business enquiries of Rs 250 crores and above were generated.

Kerala Business-to-Business Meet 2016 aspires to open up the state’s SMEs in the global markets and help the manufacturing sector to access larger markets. The success of the previous years are a pointer to the fact that the event will cross many more significant milestones in the years to come.


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