New Delhi: South Africa, Kerala and
Chandigarh bagged the top prizes for the best display of
indigenous products on the final day of the India
International Trade Fair (IITF).
In the foreign category, South Africa won the gold medal
among 26 participating countries that included Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Kerala won the gold medal in the states category, while
Madhya Pradesh bagged the silver. Chandigarh emerged winner in
the Union Territories category, while Nagaland won the same in
the Northeast category.
A total of 23 states and union territories participated
in the 31st edition of the 14-day IITF at Pragati Maidan.
"I think it has been a great show. Over 6,000 exhibitors
participated in the huge event, which saw more than 100,000
visitors each day," Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar said at
the award ceremony.
"We didn`t get any orders, but the customers of India
liked our products. We had an average of 50,000 people
visiting our pavilion each day, and 45 of our exhibits were
sold out in the first week," South African embassy official
Jardine Almar, who collected the award on behalf of the South
African pavilion, said.
The Joint Venture Pavilion of Ministry of Textiles and
Commissioner of Handicrafts won the Gold in the Ministries
Department, while the Income Tax Department won silver.
In the PSU category, EPCS, Commodity Boards and Bank
category, National Mission on Bamboo Application won the gold
medal, while Punjab National Bank won the silver and Coir
Board won the bronze.
Nivea India Pvt Ltd won the gold medal in the private
sector and Westinghouse won the silver. Mementos were also
given to the partner states Jharkhand and West Bengal and
focus states Bihar and Odisha.