Global Exhibition on Services to be held in April in Pragati Maidan







Global Exhibition on Services to be held in April in Pragati Maidan

                        Ministry of Commerce and Industry is organising the Global Exhibition on Services(GES)  from April 23-25, 2015 at ITPO, New Delhi in association with Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and Confederation of Indian Industry(CII).  Briefing the media persons in the Capital today, Commerce Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman said that this would be the first of its kind integrated exhibition to showcase India’s strength in the Services sector.  She informed that more than 40 countries are expected to participate in the fair and GES will discuss ways for the Services sector to become more competitive globally to generate more wealth and employment.

            Commerce Minister inaugurated the website www.GESDELHI.in  that contains the information about the GES.  Ms. Sitharaman informed that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Exhibition on Services.
            Later responding to media queries on different subjects, the Commerce Minister highlighted the great progress made in India-US relations on account of the US President Barrack Obama’s visit to India.  Referring to her meeting with US  Secretary of Commerce, Ms. Penny Pritzker, the Commerce Minister said that she had discussed with Ms. Pritzker on skill development and high-end technology transfer from US to India in addition to other issues of interest to the bilateral trade.  Responding to the question about the need for creating standards, Commerce Minister said that Government should not directly involve itself in setting  standards in areas such as yoga but should play the role of a facilitator in setting standards.  The Commerce Minister exuded confidence that with the pace of reforms that is taking place, there are several areas where India can become leader in Services.
            Earlier, the Commerce Secretary, Shri Rajiv Kher said that 57% of GDP was contributed by the Services sector and GES will provide the platform for giving further thrust to the Services sector.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Shri J.S.Deepak gave a presentation on the GES.  Key highlights of GES  are as below:-
Objective

Global Exhibition on Services shall create a global platform for increased trade in services.  GES will enhance strategic cooperation and develop synergies to strengthen multilateral relationships between all stakeholders, tap the potential for services’ exports and to increase FDI flow in the services sector.

            There will be deliberation on issues of concern and on ways to take global services trade to a higher level.  The Exhibition would be a meeting place for countries, for global service sector players to forge new business relationships and enhance international trade in services.

Highlights of GES

·         Participation in this Exhibition is expected from foreign governments, foreign corporates, service providers, business leaders, corporates, PSUs and Indian State Governments.
·         International services sector players with common goals will interact and showcase their strengths.
·         Day long Seminars on various focus sectors.
·         Dedicated B2B meetings for all sectors to strike useful partnerships.
·         Facilitate deliberations on barriers to services trade .
·         Promote international cooperation in services.

The Focus Sectors of GES are IT & Telecom, tourism, media & entertainment, healthcare, logistics, professional services, education, R&D, space and SME in Services. 

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Union Minister of Culture and Tourism condoles the passing away of eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman
The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent charge), Culture (Independent charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma has condoled the passing away of famous cartoonist Shri R. K. Laxman who will always be remembered as ‘common man’s cartoonist’. Shri R K Laxman was awarded Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award for his creative works.

In his message, Dr. Sharma said, “I deeply condole the demise of famous cartoonist Shri RK Laxman. The nation will always remember him for his talent, artistic qualities and the creative spirit depicted through his cartoons. His cartoons are not only humorous in nature, but also throw light on important social issues and plight of common man.

My condolences are with his family. May his soul rest in peace.”  

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    Concerted Efforts Needed to Produce Clean Spices at Competitive Prices says Radha Mohan Singh
    Min of Chemicals and Fertilizers
    Data about the supply and availability of Urea in the country
    Min of Commerce & Industry
    Global Exhibition on Services to be held in April in Pragati Maidan
    Min of Culture
    Union Minister of Culture and Tourism condoles the passing away of eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman
    Ministry of Finance
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    Min of Mines
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    Min of Urban Development
    US and India to formulate smart city action plans in three months


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Ministry of Urban Development27-January, 2015 14:28 IST
US and India to formulate smart city action plans in three months
Agree to set up city-wise Task Force for making Vizag, Allahabad and Ajmer smart cities
Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and US Commerce Secretary hold extensive talks on smart city development

India and the United States of America today agreed on taking quick measures for development of Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer as smart cities. Issues relating to development of these cities as smart cities were discussed in detail at a meeting between the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting US Secretary of Commerce Ms.Penny Pritzker. The discussions lasted about 45 minutes.

The US delegation agreed to the suggestion of Shri Venkaiah Naidu for setting up Task Force for each of the three cities for formulating concrete action plans in the next three months. Each Team will consist of three representatives each from central and respective state governments and the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Each city Task Force will discuss city specific features, project requirements and appropriate revenue models for enabling flow of investments etc., before suggesting action plans for developing them as smart cities.

Ms.Penny Pritzker said ‘this meeting was in pursuance of the directive of President Barack Obama to work on the economic dimension of strategic and commercial dialogue between Prime Minister Modi and President Obama and the decisions taken’. USTDA and the respective three state governments signed Memoranda of Understanding on January 25, for developing Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer as smart cities.

Referring to the Modi-Obama Joint Statement of September last year and signing of MoUs on smart city cooperation, Shri Naidu said ‘it is now time for both the sides to walk the talk by acting quick and concretising the agreements reached. The Joint Statement and the MoUs have raised high hopes about smart cities becoming a reality. President Obama’s current visit to India has even furthered these expectations and action is the need of the hour’.

In her response, Ms.Penny Pritzker said she was in agreement with Shri Naidu’s views and needful would be done. Referring to her meetings with Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu and of Rajasthan Smt.Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Ms.Pritzker noted that she found them to be ‘go getters’ and was confident of making a success of smart city cooperation between the US and India. She also said that US companies would be told that ‘what is being talked about India is real and they should seize the opportunities’.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu assured the US delegation that he would personally ensure that things move fast with regard to development of smart cities.

Shri Naidu informed the US delegation that the Ministry of Urban Development will be represented by Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Additional Secretary and Dr.Sameer Sharma and Shri Praveen Prakash, both Joint Secretaries on the Task Force for each of the three cities. Soon after the meeting, Shri Naidu spoke to Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and will soon appraise Chief Minister of UP about the decisions taken. Chief Minister of AP informed that his government will be represented by the state’s Urban Development Minister Dr.P.Narayana besides Secretary(UD) and Municipal Commissioner of Visakhapatnam.

Ms.Penny Pritzker informed Shri Naidu that Shri Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary of State will coordinate and will give the names of their nominees.

The six member US delegation included Shri James Mathew Hock, Chief of Staff, Shri Thomas Wyler, Senior Advisor on Policy, Shri Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary of State and Ms.Holly Vineyard, Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Babul Supriyo, Secretary(UD) Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(HUPA) Smt.Anita Agnihotri and other senior officials of both the ministries also participated in the discussions.
 
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Data about the supply and availability of Urea in the country
      For the Rabi crop 2014-15, the all-India requirement of Urea for January, 2015 has been assessed as 2941.54 thousand Metric tonnes. Against this, there is a supply plan of 2959.20 thousand Metric tonnes in the country. Total despatches have been 2259.19 thousand Metric tonnes upto 26.01.2015, while the availability of Urea, including the opening stock as on 26.01.2015, is 2402.61 thousand Metric tonnes. The State wise break-up is given in the Annexure.
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