Footwear expo begins in Agra India

The 11th edition of the international annual footwear industry exposition, 'Meet at Agra', commenced in the city on Friday.

The three-day fair is being attended by 160 companies from India, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Taiwan and China.

The fair was inaugurated by minister of state for finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla and the special guest at the function was chairman of the National Commission of Scheduled Caste, Ram Shankar Katheria.

According to organizers, the Agra Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Chamber (AFMEC), the event is not just for product exhibition but is also a platform to strengthen supply chain, build new business relations, capacity building and technology exchange. The expo will also help enrich the knowledge base of entrepreneurs and a learning opportunity for students training at footwear institutes.

AFMEC president Puran Dawar said: "The Agra footwear industry has a major share of 46% in the overall exports from leather industry. Agra is the country's biggest footwear manufacturing hub of the country with 65% share in the domestic market. It manufactures and exports 28% of the total shoes exports."

The overseas pavilion was introduced at 'Meet at Agra' in 2014. The AFMEC officer bearers said there has been an overwhelming response from the participating countries in the fair every year. This year, 240 stalls have been set up at the fair.

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