India has set up a country pavilion in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) which was inaugurated on November 4 at the National Exhibition & Convention Centre, Shanghai, China.
Dr Anup Wadhawan, Commerce Secretary, visited China and inaugurated the India pavilion. He will hold a bilateral meeting with China’s Vice-Minister for Commerce on November 6. He will also hold meetings with major sugar importers.
During the Joint Economic Group Meeting held in Delhi in March this year, on the invitation of China’s Ministry of Commerce, the Indian Ministry of Commerce, in consultation with the Embassy of India in Beijing, decided to showcase itself at the expo. The India Pavilion showcased areas where India has proven strength with significant global presence.
India’s country pavilion has focussed on key sectors such as food and agro products, pharmaceuticals, IT & ITES, tourism, and services sector. These four areas represent very minuscule Indian presence in China contrary to India’s strength and overall global presence.
China is India's largest trading partner with a total trade expecting to reach $100 billion marks in the near future. Both countries have expressed a resolve to address India’s concern regarding a large trade deficit with China.
The government of India is consistently making sincere efforts to promote its exports to China. This has been achieved through various bilateral meetings at the government level and continuous engagement of Indian businessmen with China.
Recently, the Embassy of India in Beijing and Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou had organised a series of business promotion and buyer-seller meets covering products like sugar, tea, rice, oil meals, and pharmaceuticals which received encouraging participation from Chinese importers.
Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is the lead agency for the India Country Pavilion in CIIE, Shanghai, along with other stakeholders like Ministry of Tourism, APEDA, NAFED, MPEDA, Pharmexcil, Electronics, and Software Export Promotion Council to showcase India’s strength in these diverse areas. The Consulate General of India in Shanghai has extended all local support.