The 26th National Industrial Goods and Technology Trade Fair and Cottage and Small Entrepreneur Award Programme 2015 will kick off at Bhrukutimandap Exhibition Hall in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
With an aim to promote cottage and small industries in the national and international markets, the Cottage and Small Industries Development Committee under the Ministry of Industry is organising the fair.
The five-day event will have 325 stalls showcasing a wide range of products like dhaka, leather products, goods made up of natural fibre, handicrafts, wool, food and beverage, organic tea and coffee, bamboo products, herbal, handmade paper and flowers, among others. The exhibition will also showcase various technology- to renewable energy-related products. “The expo will bring together entrepreneurs from all 75 districts with their home-made products and services,” said the committee’s Executive Director Ghanraj Pant at a press meet here on Sunday. “Small- and medium-level entrepreneurs will be able to interact with each other and learn about many things besides marketing and sales.”
He said the expo, under the theme of “Be Proud Using Domestic Goods”, aims to disseminate information on local products. “The country can attain economic growth only if it encourages people to get involved in small and cottage industries .
So stakeholders should encourage them to do so by addressing problems facing the industry that provides employment to thousands of people,” he said. As per the data of 48 districts, a total of 36,024 (6,035 small-scale and 29,989 cottage) industries have been registered as of last fiscal year. Cottage industries witnessed 20 percent growth in registration, while small industries reported 10 percent growth.
“The increase in registration shows there is growing popularity of small and cottage industries . But we need to promote and market their products to encourage them,” said Pant.
The fair will award excellent entrepreneurs in each category. The award comprises a letter of facilitation and cash prizes of Rs 20,000, 10,000 and Rs 5,000 for the first, second and third winners, respectively. The Cottage and Small Industries Development Committee has been organising such fairs every year since 1985. The organiser has expected 300,000 footfalls and Rs 100 million transactions.
The organiser also plans to hold various entertainment programmes.