Gujarat’s international trade show likely to dethrone New Delhi’s

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Ahmedabad | Published: December 13, 2014 12:49:43 AM

The Gujarat government is all set to host an international trade show...

The Gujarat government is all set to host an international trade show which is likely to dethrone the annual India International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi.

To be inaugurated by Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show (VGGTS) is slated  to be held between January 8 and 13 in Gandhinagar.

VGGTS is an international show and global summit which will be held alongside the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit (VGGIS) and will focus on defence production along with MSMEs.  “Defence manufacturing firms as well as Indian Railways will be part of the exhibition for the first time.  There will be a special pavilion for the defence sector,” said a source.

Spread over 1,25,000 sqm, VGGTS is being touted as the biggest trade fair in India.  A business platform showcasing over 25 sectors represented by over 2,000 companies, the trade show is expected to attract over 2 million visitors.

Interestingly, Russian defence equipment manufacturing companies, including Kalashnikov, manufacturer of the AK-47 assault rifle, are reportedly eyeing Gujarat as a possible investment option.

In 2013, Narendra Modi as CM had pitched defence during the VGGIS summit.  The defence policy the state has been working on since 2012 never took off owing to differences between the state and the Centre. Modi had also offered Gujarat as a platform for defence research and development and manufacturing.

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