New Delhi: Union Minister for Commerce & Industry & Railways, Piyush Goyal, and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda, chaired a multi-stakeholder workshop on ‘Strategies for Promoting and Marketing of Tribal Products’ organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED) under Ministry of Tribal Affairs, on 14 February.
Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, RC Meena, Chairman, TRIFED and Pravir Krishna, MD, TRIFED also graced the occasion. Various stakeholders including officials from other Ministries, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), academia, industry associations from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), top advertising consultants, top designers, social sector, e-commerce groups like Walmart, Snapdeal, and Flipkart for deliberating and finalizing a Plan of Action to revamp and expand the Tribes India #GoTribal campaign participated in the workshop.
Interacting with participants, Goyal sought the cooperation and suggestion of all stakeholders in expanding both the domestic and global market for tribal products and assured his support towards tribal product commerce. He said that the Government is committed to promoting Make in India products and Tribes India, and handloom, khadi products also should be promoted.
Speaking on the occasion, Munda said that TRIFED has grown into a very large family of economically active tribals including tribal master craftsmen & craftswomen and tribal forest dwellers pursuing micro-entrepreneurship. It is now of paramount importance to expand the market both domestic and international.
Several participants including representatives of FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, DICCI and top advertising consultants, top fashion designers and senior government functionaries shared their views as to how the market for tribal products be expanded at domestic as well as at international level.
Pravir Krishna said that the workshop has been organized to converge the efforts of various stakeholders, leading national institutions, social sector and most of all, industry leaders. He said that all stakeholders should work towards the singular goal of promoting tribal produce in a big way. He dwelt upon many new initiatives of TRIFED and Ministry of Tribal Affairs for popularising tribal products.
TRIFED has charted out a comprehensive plan of action for realizing its goals. Representatives from FICCI, ASSOCHAM, DICCI, CII, expressed their support for TRIFED and said that their collaborative efforts will further steer the popularity of Tribes India products for corporate gifting, getting promotional space for tribal murals/displays in their corporate offices, rack-space in their retail outlets and franchise partnerships.
Focusing on improving the design and marketability of tribal products, TRIFED is associating with premium institutes of design as well as iconic global fashion designers representing the best of Indian and international fashion. Officials from the design institutes participating in the workshop said that they strongly support the cause of tribal livelihood generation and by partnering with TRIFED, they will help in product enhancement and make Tribes India a household name.
TRIFED also aims to establish Tribes India kiosks in international airports, partner with PSUs, and government departments for gifting to boost the popularity of tribal handicrafts & handlooms across the country and beyond. Industry associations, various corporates and PSUs expressed their support for TRIFED’s objectives and shared their plans for the future.
TRIFED’s efforts towards tribal livelihood generation have received plaudits from various ministries of the Government of India, including special mentions by the Minister of Finance, Minister of Commerce & Industry, and the Minister of Home Affairs.
The Indian delegation to the World Economic Forum including the Minister of Commerce, MoS Shipping, among other officials also gifted products from Tribes India to foreign dignitaries attending the globally renowned conference which was held in Davos, Switzerland in January.
TRIFED over the last three years has revamped itself as a network of 120 outlets across the country of which 72 are owned and operated by TRIFED themselves.
Tribes India outlets are already operational at the airports of Chennai, Jaipur, Ahmadabad, Udaipur, Coimbatore, Trivandrum, Pune, Goa and Kolkata. TRIFED also has aggressively pursued their e-Commerce strategy with their own website and is also on other major e-commerce portals such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, Amazon India, Amazon Global among others.
To push Government institutional purchases, Tribes India has a presence in Government e-Market Place (GeM). National level tribal festivals namely Aadi Mahotsavs, along with other exhibitions, are being organised in various cities all over the country to expand the footprint of Tribes India products and country’s tribal heritage.