'Vyapar 2022' started in Kochi'

Kochi, June 16: Kerala is surging towards meeting its target of setting up one lakh MSMEs in the current financial year, with 13,137 enterprises in the micro, small and medium sector already registering in the first two-and-a-half months of FY 2022-23, Minister for Law, Industries and Coir Shri P. Rajeeve said today.

 “This has brought in an investment of Rs 982.73 crore so far this fiscal, giving employment to 30,698 people,” he said after inaugurating the state government’s three-day ‘Vyapar 2022’ business-to-business meet in the city, setting the stage for 350 entrepreneurs to strike partnerships with 500 buyers from across the country.

Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve lights the lamp at Vyapar 2022, inaugurating the Kerala government’s three-day ‘Vyapar 2022’ business-to-business meet at Kaloor in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. Flanking him are Kochi Mayor M. Anilkumar, Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore, KINFRA MD Santhosh Koshy Thomas, Kerala State Small Industries Association President M. Khalid and K-bip CEO Suraj S.

Facilitating around 10,000 B2B meetings, the June 16-18 event will boost the administration’s renewed pro-industry measures to project Kerala as a prime business destination before the rest of the country, the Minister noted at the event, being organised by the Department of Industries and Commerce, at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium Ground.

 Sustained efforts to strengthen MSMEs have led to recruitment of 1,155 interns at the panchayat level to train entrepreneurs. “A chunk of them are MBAs,” he revealed.

Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve speaks after inaugurating Kerala government's Vyapar 2022 business-to-business meet at Kaloor in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. Sitting, from left:  K-bip CEO Suraj S, Kochi Mayor M. Anilkumar, KINFRA MD Santhosh Koshy Thomas, Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore, Kerala State Small Industries Association President M. Khalid and FICCI Kerala State Council Chairman Deepak L. Aswan.

Pointing out that two recent laws have quickened the setting up of MSMEs in Kerala, the minister said KINFRA is working on a permanent exhibition-cum-convention centre in the city. Envisaged to be completed in October 2023, the project is coming up in suburban Kakkanad, he added. Kochi Mayor Shri M. Anilkumar, in his presidential address, said a positive change of approach of the stakeholders can revolutionise the MSME sector in the state.

 Industries and Commerce Director Shri S. Harikishore, welcoming the gathering, said Kerala was poised to realise its target of giving employment to four lakh people in the MSME sector.  KINFRA MD Shri Santhosh Koshy Thomas, Kerala State Small Industries Association President Shri M. Khalid and FICCI Kerala State Council Chairman Shri Deepak L. Aswani also spoke. Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion (K-bip) CEO Shri Suraj S. proposed thanks.

Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve cuts the ribbon at Vyapar 2022, the Kerala government’s three-day ‘Vyapar 2022’ business-to-business meet, at Kaloor in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. Flanking him are Kochi Mayor M. Anilkumar and Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore; behind are KINFRA MD Santhosh Koshy Thomas and FICCI Kerala State Council Chairman Deepak L. Aswani.

 A major objective of Vyapar 2022, which will be open to the public on Saturday (June 18) from 2 pm, is to give an impetus to the pandemic-hit MSME units. The event provides them a platform to showcase the quality of their products, technological competence and skills before the industrial community. Besides buyers from top commercial establishments, representatives of all-India trade and commercial organisations, business consortiums, e-commerce executives, exporters and consumers are converging at the conclave to make business deals.

An expo at the event exhibits the productivity of industry, presenting the products that are branded or otherwise. It also aims to encourage industries to boost their growth profile, kindle the interest of investors and highlight the role of MSMEs in the state’s economic growth.

The focal sectors are food processing (food and spices); handlooms, textiles and garments (fashion design and furnishing products); rubber; coir products; Ayurveda and herbal (cosmetics and nutraceuticals); electrical and electronics; and traditional sectors that include hand-carved goods, handloom textiles and bamboo-based items.

Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve visits a stall at Vyapar 2022, the Kerala government’s three-day ‘Vyapar 2022’ business-to-business meet, at Kaloor in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. Flanking him are Kochi Mayor M. Anilkumar, Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore.

Minister for Law, Industries and Coir P. Rajeeve visits a stall at Vyapar 2022, the Kerala government’s three-day ‘Vyapar 2022’ business-to-business meet, at Kaloor in Kochi on June 16, Thursday. To his left is Industries and Commerce Director S. Harikishore.