India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) Profile
ITPO, the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India is committed to showcase excellence achieved by the country in diverse fields especially trade and commerce.
ITPO provides a wide spectrum of services to trade and industry and acts as a catalyst for growth of India's trade. ITPO approves holding of international trade fairs in India and regulates holding of various expositions in India primarily to avoid any duplication of efforts while ensuring proper timing. It manages India's world class exhibition complex which is constantly upgraded to keep it in a high standard of readiness. Spread over 123 acres of prime land in the heart of India's capital, New Delhi, Pragati Maidan offers about 61,290 sq. mtrs. of covered exhibition space in 16 halls, besides 10,000 sq. mtrs. of open display area. The state-of-the-art exhibition halls have enhanced the appeal of Pragati Maidan as the ideal center for an increasing number of fair organisers and business visitors from different parts of the world.
ITPO has an extensive infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities that are availed by both exporters and importers. ITPO's regional offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, through their respective profile of activities, ensure a concerted and well coordinated trade promotion drive throughout the country.
With the commissioning of the state-of-the-art Chennai Trade Centre (CTC) in January 2001 and the Trade Centre Bangalore in September 2004, ITPO has successfully completed the first phase of the setting-up of modern exhibition facilities outside Delhi. The Chennai Trade Centre which addresses a long-felt need for a permanent and modern exhibition venue in Tamil Nadu, has already emerged as a hub of trade-related activities in the region.
Likewise, the formal commissioning of the Trade Centre Bangalore (TCB), at Whitefield on September 20,2004 as a joint initiative of TPO and the Karnataka State Industrial Area Development Board, is the harbinger of an added impetus to trade promotion through fairs, exhibitions and associated activities of the State and Southern region.
On the advice of Department of Commerce, ITPO has been coordinating the construction of an exhibition-cum-trade complex 'North East Trade Centre' at Sarusajai, Guwahati under 'Assistance to Sates for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities(ASIDE)' Scheme, for facilitating trade in North-Eastern States. Spread over an area of 10 acres on the NH-37; the constructed exhibition complex under Phase-I of development, consists of three fully air-conditioned halls of 800 sq.mtrs. each, entrance lobby and plaza, mini convention-cum-conference room in a total plinth area of 8,700 sq. mtrs.
ITPO is also providing assistance to State Governments in setting up Regional Trade Promotion Centres (RTPC) in various State's Capital and major cities. Initiatives have been taken by ITPO for establishing Trade Fair Complexes and Convention Centres at Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Sri Nagar (Jammu & Kashmir), in close association by the State Governments and Industrial Development Corporations/Boards of these States.