India International Trade Fair concludes

Updated on Nov 27, 2007 08:50 PM IST

Over three million people visited the fair, which was based on the theme of processed food and agro industries this year.

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IANS | By, New Delhi

The India International Trade Fair (IITF), which is increasingly becoming a global platform for exhibitors to showcase their goods, concluded in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Over three million people visited the fair, which was based on the theme of processed food and agro industries this year.

Millions thronged the fair to buy jewellery, household goods, electrical appliances, spices and a whole range of valuable and semi-valuable items.

In an effort to attract global investors this year, the IITF, which opened on Nov 14, kept two days exclusively for business.

Special meeting rooms and business lounges were arranged to encourage more business.

"Apart from large number of businessmen from all over the country, around 1,152 overseas delegates from 90 countries visited the fair," the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) said in a statement.

Kerala bagged the gold medal for the best state pavilion while the silver medal went to Punjab. In the North Eastern State Pavilion category, Meghalaya received gold while Manipur received the silver medal.

Among the central government pavilions, the ministry of water resources received the gold medal, the ministry of power silver medal, and a special commendation was awarded to the ministry of health and family welfare.

Keeping a tight vigil, the Delhi Police deployed nearly 1,500 personnel and installed at least 50 closed circuit television cameras.

At least 144 people were arrested and 62 detained for various offences, including theft, picking pockets and harassment to women during the two-week long trade fair.

The police also recorded a 100 per cent success ratio by restoring 118 missing persons to their anxious families, an official statement said.

Countries that participated in this year's IITF included Britain, the US, Australia, Singapore, Germany, China, Afghanistan, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, South Korea, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Egypt, Taiwan, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, UAE, Holland, Iran, Indonesia, Kuwait, Vietnam, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Spain, Turkey and Thailand.

Compared to 36 countries last year, this year the IITF has attracted foreign exhibitors from as many as 44 countries, representing over 100 companies.

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