GUWAHATI, Aug 11 - The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) celebrated its 23rd foundation day with a daylong programme at the NEDFi Convention Centre here on Thursday.
The event was attended by Naveen Verma, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER, as chief guest and NL Palai, Regional Director (NER), DC Handicraft as guest of honour.
BP Muktieh, CMD, NEDFi, in his welcome address, talked about NEDFi�s 23-year journey and its performance so far. This was followed by the official release of three important studies carried out by the Advisory & Consultancy Division of NEDFi, viz, �Comprehensive Report on Skill Development� for the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura; state specific �Project Profiles on Micro and Small Enterprises� for the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura and Sikkim and �Techno Commercial Feasibility Study on E-Commerce Platform for Marketing of Handloom & Handicraft Produce of North East�.
NL Palai in her address, spoke on the potential of handicraft of the north-eastern region in the world market. She also asked the participants to maintain consistency in their work related to handloom and handicraft. She added that there is still a lot to be done in the sector.
Chief guest Verma appreciated NEDFi�s innovative initiatives so far and said that it is moving on the right track. He, however, advised NEDFi to adopt a more aggressive and faster pace for development of the region. He asked the artisans to be more proactive and to be hungry for better market opportunity and linkages.
The event included inauguration of the North East Craft & Organic Fair-2018 by Verma. The fair which will facilitate participation of artisans and weavers belonging to the handloom and handicraft sector as well as farmer producer organisations developed under the scheme of MOVCDNER, during a five-day exhibition (Aug 9-13 from 11 am to 8 pm), is a unique integrated approach to facilitate market linkage to the craft and organic sector of the region.
Among the participants are 35 from the craft sector, 15 certified organic producers and 12 entrepreneurs from adventure sports.
The event also included launch of banana fibre products made in handloom and also a workshop on using various types of natural fibres in handloom weaving.