Bhubaneswar: In a positive development at the ongoing Odisha MSME International Trade Fair 2014, a delegation of traders from European countries expressed keen interest in sourcing leaf plates and plant containers from Odisha. Ms. Hana Meiners, a German National, a representative of Leaf Republic Ltd. (a plant container manufacturer company) from Germany held discussions with Odisha MSME Secretary Panchanan Dash on Saturday evening to take this forward. Quite impressed with the potential in Odisha for export of leaf plates and plant containers, Ms. Hana Meiners exuded confidence that Odisha can become a major exporter of thee items to European as well as other countries overseas.
The demands of Eco-friendly and healthy plastic products are high in European countries and the need of these hygiene products have been growing day by day in western as well as other countries, she added. However, she asserted that the entrepreneurs here should maintain international standard and quality while manufacturing these products. Odisha is blessed with ample natural resources and raw materials to set up these types of industries and we are hopeful to make export activities with the local plant container manufacturers and rural people and knot the trade relationship with Odisha if the quality of these products matches to international standards, said Hana.
She expressed pleasure by visiting one of its kind mega MSME trade fair and the wide array of exhibits as well as the varieties of industries.
MSME Secretary Panchanan Dash expressed happiness over the keen interest of overseas buyers for Odisha SME products at the workshop organized on export opportunities for MSMEs and B2B & B2C as part of Odisha MSME International Trade Fair 2014, jointly organized by MSME Department, Govt. of Odisha and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). The state Government will extend all support and cooperation in facilitating export of SME products from Odisha to interested buyers overseas, he added.
While welcoming the interest expressed by the European traders for sourcing products from Odiha, Director, Export Promotion and Marketing BK Das said efforts are being made to make Odisha and export hub in SME business by creating opportunities to export MSME products. Efforts will also be made to aware the MSME entrepreneurs in Odisha on how to maintain international standard and quality in manufacturing so as to fulfill the demand for exports.