The COVID’19 Pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the global economy and India is no exception. During COVID-19 situation, when physical fairs are not possible, the EPCH has successfully organized 4 International Virtual Trade Fairs and 3 International Virtual BSMs in between June’2020 to February’2021.
To provide greater market access and increase visibility of Indian Handicrafts, EPCH is organizing VIRTUAL BUYER SELLER MEET from 23 – 31 MARCH, 2021 in association with Indian Embassies & Consul General Offices in Latin American & Caribbean Countries (LAC Region) and support of Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. In order to maximize the benefits of the digital platform, the buyers from adjoining countries shall be invited to attend the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet.
The exhibitors will be assigned dedicated virtual stands and will upload & display a wide-range of Handicrafts, Home, Lifestyle, Gifts & Decoratives, Textiles & Home Furnishing, Furniture & Accessories, Fashion Jewellery & Fashion Accessories, Sustainable & ecofriendly Crafts and other complementing products on the online virtual trade fair platform provided by EPCH.
EPCH in association with Indian Embassies & Consul General Offices in Latin American & Caribbean Countries (LAC Region) is initiating focused and aggressive promotion & publicity through Email Blasts, Web Promotions, Social Media Campaigns and Tele Calling to connect to the buyers and importers. The buyers are also looking for online sourcing opportunities. EPCH will invite Overseas Buyers representing Chain/Department Stores, Retailers, E-commerce Businesses & Buying Houses from LAC Region.
Namaste and Good Morning,
I am Shantmanu, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India talking to you from New Delhi, I welcome everyone to this virtual Buyer Seller Meet which is organised from today i.e. 23rd March, 2021 to 25th March, 2021 especially for Latin American & Caribbean countries.
I really remember that exactly one year back around 24th or 25th March the first lock down was announced here in India and of course everybody was very disturbed but as life goes on with livelihood of the individuals is of the utmost importance, keeping that in view the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts also started organising virtual fairs, virtual Buyer Seller Meets so that livelihood of so many persons who are dependent on this sector do not suffer and in that series this is the fourth event which is being organised from today specially for LAC countries.
I am glad to know that more than 90 exhibitors taking part and there is wide range of products like home décor, home furnishings, fashion jewellery, the festive décor, incense, aromatic, furniture, accessories, lamps and the list goes on.
Friends, as we know that India has for such a rich heritage of arts and crafts and we have got so much diversity, so many varieties of these products spread all over the country and this BSM offers an opportunity to our sellers who are displaying their products and the buyers from all over the world particularly LAC countries to interact and transact business. There is also an opportunity to have a very healthy and candid interaction with them so that the future requirements and future demands of these areas are also know to our sellers.
I am also thankful to all my colleagues in the various Embassies in these countries and we have already got so much good responses from most of them and I am quite sure that with their support and the support of everybody else this Buyer Seller Meet which going to a great success. I appreciate the efforts particularly made by the Export Promotion Council of Handicrafts for making this happen and wish everyone a great success particularly to the last person who is in this process and the last person are two, one who is making the products i.e. artisans and weavers and the two is end user ultimately the house holders or users, be it individual, be it a hotel or be it an office who is going to avail and utilise these products.
Thank you very much and wish you all the best
I congratulate EPCH on taking the initiative to organise a virtual BSM for the Latin American region.
As far as Chile is concerned, India in 2020 was the top exporter of incense and of sacks and bags, the second largest exporter of household linens, shawls and scarves, and the fourth largest exporter of fashion jewellery.
In most other categories of handicrafts, India features in the bottom half of the 10 largest exporters to Chile. Despite this, the total value of Indian handicrafts exports to Chile in 2020 was only around USD 40.5 million. Here also, as in most sectors, China is our main competitor.
From the above, it can be inferred that Chile is indeed a small market, with a total population of about 18 million, and with a low average income. There are also monopolies in both the wholesale and retail sectors, and not only is the number of SMEs is relatively small, they generally do not have the capacity to place large orders. There is also the high cost of logistics, including the 2 to 4 months time taken for containers to arrive from India and be cleared.
At the same time, the Chileans love Indian designs, especially when it comes to craft products and textile products, and are willing to pay high prices for these items. Also, tariffs are not a barrier as virtually all products in the handicrafts category have zero to 1.8 % tariffs.
If we want to increase our market share in Chile, we would need to adopt new strategies. Collective bargaining and local warehousing could help open up the market some more. This could also help use Chile as a hub to sell to the region, as the big retail chains in Chile have a regional outreach. Product placement in the big retail stores would also generate consumer traffic. Another tactic could be to tailor our offerings to the seasonal markets, especially Christmas. Chileans are brand-conscious and aggressive marketing of branded goods or campaigns focusing on a USP such as the beneficial social and environmental benefits of jute, khadi and handicrafts in general or their links to ancient cultural traditions could also help generate greater consumer awareness about Indian products.
Given the market conditions detailed above, a virtual BSM is the most cost-effective way to reach out to the Chilean market. We wish EPCH all the best for a successful event.
I am delighted to note that the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts-EPCH India is organising a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with the participation of more than 80 Indian manufacturers & exporters for buyers Latin America from 23 - 25 March 2021. The information on the Event is being disseminated among all concerned in the 4 accredited countries.
I am happy that the EPCH has recognised the importance of Suriname with a large population of people of Indian origin and its three accredited countries of St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines as new potential markets and has widened the horizon of this virtual business meet.
Indian products and especially carpets, rugs, home furnishings & textiles and fashion jewellery and accessories have very good demand in the region and I am confident that buyers from Suriname and its three accredited countries of St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will participate in the meet and interact with the exhibitors.
It is my privilege to convey my appreciation to the Export Promotion Council of Handicrafts for organising this event. I wish this endeavour great success and hope that buyers from Suriname and Latin America do good business.
I am very delighted to be part of this Virtual Buyer Seller Meet of Indian Handicrafts being organised from 23 - 25 March 2021 for the LAC market especially at a time when Covid-19 has disrupted normal rules of engagement. Major international trade fairs have been postponed and travel restrictions
imposed due to health advisories. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organising its Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with 80 Indian manufacturers and exporters and it reflects the efforts of EPCH to promote the Indian handicrafts to this region.
We would like to welcome the buyers from the Brazil to take part in the Virtual BSM as they have done on previous occasions during the In- Person events and interact with many more exhibitors.
With the finest product lines in houseware, furniture, home decor, textiles, jewellery & accessories and eco-friendly products to suit contemporary demands, manufacturers in India focus on freshness and new thinking. India's exports to the LAC Region have seen healthy and consistent growth with our manufacturers' & exporters' growing knowledge of market trends and consumer preferences.
I extend my compliments to all the participants, buyers and importers and wish the Virtual Buyer-Seller Meet a grand success.
I am pleased to learn that the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organizing the second Virtual Buyer Seller Meet from 23 - 25 March 2021 for the Latin American and the Caribbean region. The Embassy of India in Bogota is delighted to partner with EPCH in this initiative.
I would like to extend my congratulations to EPCH for their commitment towards enhancing engagement of Indian manufacturers and exporters of handicrafts with Latin America through this ‘virtual route’.
India is known across the World for its rich tradition of handicrafts. The handicrafts industry is one of the largest employment generators for rural and semi-urban parts of the country. ‘Vocal for local’ is a key policy initiative of the Government of India to promote self-reliance and indigenous manufacturing. The upcoming virtual BSM would go a long way in providing impetus to manufacturing in small and medium sized industries and provide commercial outlet for these industries
I am delighted to know that more than 90 manufacturers and exporters from India will exhibit their rich collection of furniture, home décor, furnishings, jewellery and accessories. I invite our Colombian and Ecuadorean partners in the textile, garment and retail sectors to make best use of the opportunity presented through this BSM. Earlier such meetings, which were organised by EPCH have been very well received by Colombian distributors and buyers of handicrafts.
I am confident that the BSM would help deepen and strengthen economic ties between Indian and Colombian stakeholders and would be a richly rewarding experience for all. I extend my warm wishes to EPCH for a successful event.
The Virtual Buyer Seller Meet (BSM), being organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) from 23-25 March 2021 for the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region, represents a special opportunity to source authentic handcrafted and fine lifestyle products from India.
India is an established producer of a wide range of home / hotel furnishings, utilities,
fashion Jewellery & accessories, aromatics, gift items, etc. The Indian products are
known for their quality, affordability, traditional appeal and innovative designs. They
are preferred in the LAC region for their unique appeal and value.
The importers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers of Peru and Bolivia as also other countries of the region are invited to make use of the BSM and establish direct links with the Indian manufacturers and suppliers. The event provides a huge choice as over 90 manufacturers and exporters from various parts of India are waiting to forge business tie - ups. The local importers can also have a glimpse of a wide range of Indian handicraft, decorative, houseware, home textile, fashion jewellery and several other products.
I hope that the exhibitors utilize this opportunity to showcase their best products to promising buyers and achieve business partnerships in Peru and Bolivia. I wish the event all success.
‘BSM on Handicrafts in Latin Americans and Caribbean’
I'm delighted to address this virtual buyer-seller meet on Indian handicrafts in Latin American and the Caribbean organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), especially when typical business
engagements are few and far between due to the coronavirus pandemic. EPCH organizes this virtual buyer-seller meet along with 90 Indian manufacturers and exporters from
23rd to 25th March 2021. The efforts of the EPCH to promote Indian handicrafts are indeed
laudable. The High Commission of India in Trinidad and Tobago has invited buyers from this region to
participate in the virtual buyer-seller meet, a convenient method of engagement.
As you are aware, India is home to the most refined lines of products in houseware, furniture, home décor, textiles, jewellery, accessories and eco-friendly products. I am sure buyers from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Dominica will find it helpful and profitable to source directly from India. It is heartening to underline that 43% of the Trinbagonians population has Indian ancestry, making it even more attractive for this sector.
I congratulate the organizers and compliment all participants, buyers and importers. I wish all of you a grand success in forging long term business relations.
It is indeed heartening to note that the Export Promotion Council has continued its efforts through the COVID-19 pandemic and is organizing the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet for Indian Handicrafts with focus on Latin American and Caribbean countries from 23 rd to 25 th March 2021.
The Virtual Buyer Seller Meet will certainly provide a viable matchmaking platform between Indian sellers and Jamaican buyers and I expect that the Jamaican businesses will engage extensively with the Indian handicraft manufacturers and sellers. I wish the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts all the best for this wonderful initiative and hope that this Virtual Buyer Seller Meet for Handicrafts will become a permanent fixture in the years to come.
Namaskar, I am delighted to know that Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organising a Virtual Buyer-Seller Meeting dedicated for the Latin American Countries (LAC Region) from 23 – 31 March, 2021.
We have done several events in association with EPCH and we value their
professionalism. We understand that more than 80 sellers from India, who will
be participating in this event.
India is one of the world major exporter of handicrafts and Indian Handicrafts are unique and unlike many other handicrafts, Indian handicrafts are actually handmade.
I welcome all the countries to participate. I welcome everyone to register in this event and benefit form this. Thank you
I am pleased to know that the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organising a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet with over 80 Indian manufacturers and exporters from 23 – 31 March 2021 for Latin American and the Caribbean countries.
EPCH is a renounced and established trade council in India. I appreciate that EPCH is taking all necessary steps in preparing the Indian handicrafts fraternity to face the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic. India has a long history of excellent artisanship and handicraft. Many of the products that you would be witnessing are Geographical Indicators of India.
This Virtual BSM brings a promising prospect for buyers from Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti to meet Indian manufacturers and source premium product lines in home décor, textiles, jewellery & accessories, houseware and sustainable & eco-friendly products all from the comforts of their home or office.
I convey my best wishes to the exhibitors, buyers and EPCH for the success of virtual BSM.
It gives me immense pleasure to inform that the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is organizing its second Virtual Buyer Seller Meet from 23 - 25 March 2021 designed especially for the Latin American and the Caribbean Region.
This virtual meet is an ideal platform for buyers, importers, wholesalers, and distributers from the region to source quality products from over 80 Indian manufacturers and exporters.
I am confident that this Virtual BSM will also bring promising prospects to network with the Indian manufacturers/suppliers of home décor, textiles, jewellery & accessories, houseware and sustainable & eco-friendly products.
On behalf of EPCH, I convey my special thanks to the Office of Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles and the Indian Embassies, High Commissions & Consulates in Latin American and Caribbean nations for supporting this event.
I hope the exhibitors utilize this opportunity to showcase their best to the buyers and strive to achieve promising business prospects.
Continuing our endeavour to keep global markets connected to manufacturers and exporters from India despite challenges imposed by the pandemic, EPCH took the virtual route and conducted 4 exhibitions including the 50th grand edition of IHGF Delhi Fair
and a Buyer Seller Meet in 2020. EPCH is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to provide a viable matchmaking and marketing opportunity for buyers and over the 80 exhibitors. On behalf of EPCH, I welcome all the overseas buyers and their associates to this platform.
This virtual BSM for the Latin American and the Caribbean region is in fact a continuation of the In-Person Buyer Seller Meets organised annually in the region that have been interrupted due to the pandemic.
EPCH’s member exporters engage a number of artisans in rural and semi-rural areas of India and generate employment for MSMEs. The industry nurtures centuries of rich tradition and skilled craftsmanship by creating beautifully designed products in a sustainable manner. Through the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet, the visitors shall have the opportunity to interact with business entities and contact reliable suppliers from India and work towards new long term relations for mutual benefit.
I express my profound gratitude to the Indian Missions in the LAC region and to the office of Development Commissioner Handicrafts for their active support and cooperation in making this virtual BSM a reality.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is committed to provide uninterrupted exporting opportunities to its members. COVID-19 stopped in-person meetings with the buyers. However, with the support of the technology, virtual engagements
have brought the buyers and sellers face to face. EPCH presents a large variety of handcrafted products like home décor, home furnishing, carpets, furniture, lamps, fashion jewellery & accessories, incense, aroma and wellness products by more than 80 exhibitors.
We are thankful to Indian Missions for supporting and promoting the Virtual Buyer Seller Meet. We are also thankful to the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India for their continued support.
We hope that during this Virtual Buyer Seller Meet, the exhibitors and buyers will use the opportunity to renew their engagements and forge long lasting ties.
Thank you very much.
This Virtual Buyer Seller Meet is organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) (www.epch.in), a non-profit organisation and the apex body representing Indian handicraft manufacturers & exporters. EPCH facilitates its 10,000+ members offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. The Council provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers facilitating business. EPCH is recognized for its continuous pursuit of excellence. With its Headquarters in New Delhi, EPCH has regional/representative offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Moradabad, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Saharanpur, Agra, Guwahati and Narsapur.
EPCH has set a new order for sourcing amid the pandemic by going virtual and conducting 4 international virtual trade fairs and 3 international Virtual Buyer Seller Meet between June 2020 and february, 2021, including the 50th edition of its IHGF Delhi Fair. With things looking positive now, the IHGF Delhi Fair’s Spring edition in 19-23 May 2021 is being planned as a physical show at the India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR. A complete road map for safe and convenient visitation is in place to ensure return to the inimitable and vibrant physical Fair.