India International Footwear Fair to be held next month
The three-day exhibition to be held from August 4-6 will witness participation from 150 Indian companies and 100 foreign participants from China, Taiwan and Italy.
India is the second largest producer of footwear after China, accounting for 9.57 per cent of global footwear production of 23 billion pairs.
India produces 2,200 million pairs of different categories of footwear, out of which 95 per cent is being sold in the domestic market.
The major production centres are Chennai, Ranipet and Ambur in Tamil Nadu, Mangolpuri and Narela in New Delhi, Kanpur, Agra, Noida and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Jalandhar and Ludhiana in Punjab, Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra, Calicut and Ernakulam in Kerala, among others.
About 1.1 million workers are engaged in the footwear manufacturing industry.
The fair is being organised by India Trade Promotion organisation (ITPO) at a time when Pragati Maidan is being revamped as the world class Integrated Exhibition-cum- Convention Centre.
"This year, the fair has tremendous significance especially when a unified Goods and Services Tax has been brought into effect in the country to re-shape India?s business landscape by making the country an easier place to do business.
"Apart from unveiling the export potential of India, IIFF aims to project India as a favorite investment destination," ITPO said. PTI RSN NKD MKJ