New Delhi: India and China have signed an agreement for the promotion of Indian handicrafts in China, an official statement released to the press Thursday said.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the largest institution for the promotion of foreign trade in China, the statement said.
The agreement seeks to explore possibilities of enhancing handicrafts from India to important markets of China, which have never before been explored for such exports from India.
The agreement was signed by Rakesh Kumar, EPCH executive director, and Zeng Kaizhang, CCPIT president.
It will focus on promotion of exports of products such as ethnic and contemporary furniture, wooden handicrafts, including furniture from Jodhpur and Saharanpur, imitation jewellery and fashion jewellery, and art metalware from Moradabad.
The MoU followed the visit of a high-level delegation under the leadership of Zohra Chatterji, textiles secretary, to China.
Other members of the delegation included the development commissioner (handicrafts) in the ministry of textiles, and representatives from the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and the National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD).
India will also organise the first exclusive exhibition of Indian handicrafts in China along with live demonstration and thematic display of the evolution of Indian handicrafts from traditional to modern.
Further exchange of techniques, craft exchange programmes and buyer-seller meetings will be organised by both countries.