KOKRAJHAR, Sept 21 - The Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) is keen on boosting the trade relationship with India, with the cooperation of the Bodoland Regional Apex Weavers & Artisans Co-Operative Federation Ltd (BRAWFED).
The BCCI and BRAWFED recently organised a six-day exhibition and trade fair on Indian handicraft at Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, which was sponsored by the Development Commissioner (Handicraft), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The exhibition discussed the trade of Indian handicraft in Bhutan for which a trade relationship will be expedited through the chamber of commerce in both Bhutan and the North East, said Chandra B Chetry, Deputy Secretary General of BCCI.
Speaking to delegates at the �Buyer 2 Buyer� meeting, a market promotional programme held during the trade fair, Chetry also laid stress on facilitating exploration of the high potential handicraft sector of the North East, particularly in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) area, considering the high quality of handicraft produced in the region.
BRAWFED managing director NN Rana Patgiri also appealed to the authorities in Bhutan to procure handicraft from the BTC area for the economic benefit of both sides and also to cater to the needs of the public in Bhutan.
Articles valued at Rs 3 crore were ordered for delivery this year, while BRAWFED saw a turnover of more than Rs 2 crore during the fair, where 41 stalls with artisans from across the North East took part.