"Export Promotion Council (EPCH) at its 32nd Annual General Meeting [AGM] held recently in New Delhi recently informed that for the first time the number of registrations at the council has exceeded 10,000 handicrafts exporters. It has now increased to 10,641. Handicraft exports during the year 2017-18 too increased to Rs. 23,029.36 crores. The council undertook several multifarious activities for the development and promotion of handicrafts exports from the country during the year 2017-18. ."
The 32nd Annual General Meeting of Export Promotion Council (EPCH) was held in New Delhi on September 25. The meeting highlighted that for the first time, the number of registrations at EPCH has exceeded 10,000 handicrafts exporters. The actual number stands at 10,641. Handicraft exports during the year 2017-18 increased to Rs 23,029.36 crores
The council undertook multifarious activities for the development and promotion of handicrafts exports from the country in 2017-18. These include: organisation of four international fairs in India; two editions of IHGF-Delhi Fair, Home Expo India, Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show, over 200 informative and interactive seminars in 40 different craft clusters, 36 specialised trade exhibitions, brand image promotion programs/buyer-seller meets in 18 leading markets.
The council also made representations at various levels related to GST and was able to garner maximum support for the handicrafts sector. It signed several MoUs with national and international organisations for the promotion and development of exports.
With an objective to offer avenues for technological upgradation, skills development and marketing opportunities, EPCH set up and upgraded infrastructure and facilities at various craft hubs. These include: Handicraft Productivity Centre-Jaipur, Technology Upgradation Centre and Wood Seasoning plant-Saharanpur and initiated Trade Facilitation Centre-Jodhpur.