The fourth edition of Exim Bazaar, an exhibition that showcases specially curated ethnic products handmade by craftspeople across rural India, opened in Kolkata recently. Debasish Mallick, Deputy Managing Director, Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) while inaugurating the exhibition said, “Handicrafts and handloom products are a manifestation of the roots, culture and identity of the people and perhaps the richest creative traditions of any country.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMallick conveyed that every handicraft item holds stories myths and faiths transferred through generations of craftspeople or through people related to this field. The exhibition-cum-sale will be on until April 14, 2019, between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the Ice Skating Rink, Kolkata. Exim Bank, through its Grassroots Initiatives programme has been supporting artisans, master craftsmen, weavers, grassroots and micro enterprises, in their capacity-building programs and in helping them secure access to institutional finance and technology, aimed at promoting operational efficiency, achieving higher value addition and enhanced market reach. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne of the innovative activities initiated by Exim Bank in its continuing market outreach effort is the Exim Bazaar. First launched in September 2017, Exim Bazaar is a unique platform for artisans who have been supported by bank in the past through workshops, finance, training programmes, exhibitions and trade fairs. The bank has already conducted three editions of Exim Bazaar in Mumbai and Ahmedabad and the response generated a great deal of interest in the artisanal community. “Encouraged by the response of the earlier editions of Exim bazaar, the bank decided upon extending its reach to Kolkata. It is in this context that we are here today inaugurating the fourth edition of Exim Bazaar in Kolkata coinciding with the onset of the Bengali New Year,” said Mallick. ” Typically, the rural artisans face high physical and transaction costs in accessing distant markets. They are also constrained by lack of information about markets, business skills and collective organisation that can interact with large market intermediaries. This platform is a part of Exim Bank’s endeavour to make a difference to the livelihoods of those participating, by affording a vibrant market in this part of the country,” he added.
Exim Bazaar makes its way to Kolkata