Bhubaneswar: The state MSME minister, Prafulla Samal, Monday said that the Odisha MSME International Trade Fair, 2018 would be held between March 5-10. The focus of the Fair this year will be on food processing sector.

Soon after the preparatory meeting, the state MSME additional chief secretary, LN Gupta, said that the chief minister will inaugurate the Fair which will be attended by more than 500 domestic and international delegates.

Gupta informed that the trade fair will have more than 350 stalls divided into 06 pavilions. Whereas, the Theme Pavilion will be devoted for the food processing sector, Pavilion-1 will be international pavilion for the international
exhibitors and CPSUs. Pavilion 2 is earmarked for food processing and sea food MSME units and Pavilion 3 will be earmarked for the MSMEs led by women and ST/SC Entrepreneurs. Similarly, Pavilion 4 is reserved for MSMEs working in Engineering & allied sector, Pavilion-5 will be allotted to startups and exporters. CPSUs like, NALCO, IOCL, Ordnance Factory; State PSUs like OMC, GRIDCO, IPICOL, Central Organisations namely,
MPEDA, Coir Board, QCI and GEM have already confirmed their participation.

Gupta further added that on the sidelines of MSME Trade Fair, seminars on the
MSME related topics will be held for the benefit of micro and small entrepreneurs.
Whereas, on the 6th March, the seminar will be held on “Credit & Marketing Linkage to
MSMEs & Exporters”, on the 7th March it will be on “Boosting MSME Business through
ZED, GEM, IPR and Digital Marketing”. Whereas, on 8th March, which is International
Women’s Day, the seminar will be on “Development of MSMEs with Focus on Women and
ST/SC Entrepreneurs/Startups”, on the 9th March, it will be on the “Potential of Food
Processing in Odisha with Focus on Packaging”. On the last day i.e. 10th March, the seminar
will be on the “Mission-1000 Startups-Way Forward”.
The seminars are likely to be addressed by union MSME secretary Arun Panda, Secretary, union food processing secretary J.P. Meena, and NCDC MD Sundeep Nayak. The trade fair will have 15 food stalls by reputed hotels and restaurants to serve Odia and continental cuisine.