Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Nov 22: The Business Association of Nagas (BAN) is organising the state’ first ever International Trade expo (NITex). The event, being organised with the support of the government of Nagaland, is set to begin on Nov 24 and will continue till Nov 30. The event will be from 11 am till 8 pm at the Agri Expo site in Dimapur.
Participants in the business exposition include companies from India and the ASEAN countries; export/business promotion agencies in India and neighbouring countries; Nagaland-based entrepreneurs, Nagaland government departments, central government organizations promoting small or medium sized enterprises etc.
Thungbemo Murry, president of the BAN, said during a press conference on Wednesday that the expo will be to connect and help the experience of ‘what business connectivity is about.’
“Though there are many challenges, infrastructural drawbacks and hindrances, BAN is still going ahead with the expo with all positivity” Murry said.
NITex intends to introduce entrepreneurs to new products, technologies and business prospects and facilitate business-to-business (B2B) interactions; provide a platform to promote local products and services; help foster trade, commerce and cultural relations; sensitize consumers about the latest innovations in products and services of consumer durables, financial institutions and other organizations of trade and commerce. Further, the event is envisaged to build a ‘common bridge between entrepreneurs in the Northeast region and the rest of the world.’
NITex is set to host 50 participants from Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya from the Micro, Small& Medium Enterprises sectors and 60 delegates from the Ministry of Textiles (Gandhi Shilp Bazaar).
Handicraft from the Northeast region will be displayed and sold at the event. There will also be an impressive line-up of automobiles which will be showcased throughout the event.
The convenor of the expo Dr. Yan Murry said that the intention was also to get new insights for the ‘developing phase Nagaland is at,’ apart from empowering local entrepreneurs. He maintained that the event would be something to look forward to in the coming years as well while working closely with the state’s government.
There are more highlights to the programme: A business summit will be held alongside the exposition with prominent heads of state and speakers from the region as panellists. This will be to highlight and deliberate business opportunities available in the region and plan the way forward keeping in minds India’s Act East Policy.
A food court comprising various cuisines from Mizoram, Shillong, Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya will also be set up at the event, besides the cultural and musical entertainment shows every evening.