India International Trade Fair 2010 begins in New Delhi

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New Delhi, Nov.14 (ANI): The India International Trade Fair (IITF) commenced here on Sunday at the Pragati Maidan.

This year's IITF has specific focus on Energy-Technology and Eco-Technology as twin themes of the fortnight long fair that wil last till Nov.28, 2010.

The trade fair, on the first day, showcased hues of green and giant posters highlighting the significance of saving energy.

Every year India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the nodal agency of the Central Government of India hosts this annual trade exposition. This year, the partner States are Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh.

The inaugural day witnessed presence of various political leaders at State pavillions. n the morning, the Union Commerce and Trade Minister, Anand Sharma, inaugurated the IITF 2010 today.

In his address, the Union Minister highlighted the twin themes of Energy-Tech and Eco-Tech for the fortnight long fair.

"It is clean technology, green technology have assumed a special place in the planning, in policy formulation, in investments in innovation, in research worldwide. India has also embraced it, it is country conscience of the changes that are taking place I the environment around us in the climate. India has the fifth largest installed capacity of renewable energies in the world," said Anand Sharma.

Rajashtan Chief Minsiter Ashok Gehlot and the newly appointed Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, visited the State pavilions along with Union Minister Anand Sharma.

Delhi Chief Minsiter Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the Delhi pavilion and visited each stall.

"All (are) eco friendly. Whether it is the use of power, whether it is the use of water or products made out of eco friendly materials all that is being done (at the pavilion). So I think it is a very cheerful and a happy pavilion," said Sheila Dikshit.

Taking a cue from the recently held Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, authorities of Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) have decided to use latest state-of-the-art security gadgets during the ensuing India International Trade Fair.

The Fair will be thrown open to the general public from November 19, as first four days have been solely reserved for exclusive interactions between the manufacturers, traders and exhibitors and the buyers.

The estimated budget of this grand trade expo is expected to be in the range of one billion dollars towards varied arrangements.went three countries will showcase their wide range of products and services and special arrangements are being made at their stalls and pavilions for security. By Pooja Shali (ANI)

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