Trade, Tech show in Kerala begins Sep 27

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Kochi, Sep 25 (UNI) Around 300 international and domestic buyers and exhibitors will participate in the three-day Trade and Technology Business Show (TTBS) organised by the Kerala Government.

Enumerating the details of the Show, State Industries Minister Elamaram Kareem said representatives from seven sectors -- food and agro processing, ayurveda and herbal, coir, handlooms, handicrafts, bamboo and screw pine and rubber and related products -- would attend the event.

To be inaugurated by State Governor R L Bhatia on September 27, the meet was organised by the Department of Industries in association with the Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-BIP),Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (KSIDC) and Kerala Industrial Infrastructre Development Corporation (KINFRA).

The exhibitors will consist of machinery manufacturers,technology providers and research institutes.

Mr Kareem said international buyers from 14 countries, including the US, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and Russia would take part.

''The main purpose of the meet was to portray to the world the tranformation of the state from a consumer to manufacturing state,'' the Minister said.

To a question, Mr Kareem said a state delgation would meet the Finance Ministry next week on the issue of providing subisdy to the ailing FACT until gas supply from the LNG terminal, to be commissioned in 2011, could be provided.

He said the Petroleum Ministry had agreed to allot gas from the terminal to FACT for producing fertilisers.

The Minister also informed the government had urged the Centre to increase oil exploration activities in Cochin High.

UNI

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