FIEO calls on President to honour exporters and women entrepreneurs

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New Delhi, Aug 29 (UNI) A delegation led by Mr Ganesh Kumar Gupta, President, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), today met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and urged her to give away FIEO's annual awards ''Niryat Shree'' and ''Niryat Bandhu'' to outstanding exporters.

The awards will be given both in the category of goods and services as well as to export promotion organisations.

Mr Gupta briefed the President about the activities undertaken by the Federation both at home and abroad for promoting exports from the country. The activities, amongst others, included international exposure to small and medium segments of industry with particular emphasis on women entrepreneurs.

FIEO will be participating in the 5th Women Entrepreneurs Trade Expo 2008 at Dhaka, Bangladesh from September 7 to 12, 2008.

FIEO has also decided to honour artisans and craftsmen from different States who have helped the country to stamp its mark in handicrafts and handloom sector. The Federation proposes to honour such distinguished artisans and craftsmen by giving them ''Certificates of Excellence'' besides cash rewards from the President of India on the occasion of the Award Ceremony.

The President has agreed in principle to honour such artisans and award winners. The date of the august ceremony will be intimated shortly by the President's Secretariat.

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