Visit of Leather Industry Delegation to Guatemala & B2B Meetings (August 6-7, 2019)

31st May, 2019
CLE/HO/IMD-F/Guatemala/2019

To.
The Members of CLE

Visit of Leather Industry Delegation to Guatemala & B2B Meetings
                                              (August 6-7, 2019)

Dear Members,

Guatemala has imported footwear, leather and leather products worth USD 196.52 million during 2017-18 and their major item of import was Footwear (USD 161.76 million). On the other hand, India’s export to Guatemala during 2017-18 was USD 6.72 million with finished leather as the major item of export @ USD 6.43 million. Hence, there is tremendous scope to explore possibilities for increasing our share of export (particularly leather and footwear) to Guatemala.

In this regard, recently CLE has received a communication from Shri B.S. Mubarak, Hon’ble Ambassador, Embassy of India, Guatemala, suggesting us to send a Leather Industry Delegation from India to Guatemala on the occasion of EXPOCALZADO Fair to be held during August 6-8, 2019 at the Expocenter of the Grand Tikal Future Hotel, Guatemala.

About EXPOCALZADO Fair

EXPOCALZADO, organized by the Trade Union of Manufacturers of Footwear and Allied Products and the Organizing Committee, is the only fair that takes place in Central America and has the exhibition of finished product, where one can find footwear for ladies, men, children, industrial footwear among others, all produced by manufacturers in Guatemala and Central America and on the other hand the area of raw materials where technology, machinery, synthetic materials, skins, soles, lasts and many other inputs for the manufacture of footwear, produced in Guatemala and anywhere in the world.

Accordingly, CLE, in close coordination with Embassy of India, Guatemala is planning organize visit of a Leather Industry Delegation from India to Guatemala during August 5-8, 2018, as per the below schedule:

                                          Tentative Programme Schedule

·         Delegation reaching in Guatemala on 5th August, 2019 evening
·         Visit to EXPOCALZADO Fair – 6th August, 2019 (half day)
·         Visit to Leather Markets/Wholesalers/Footwear Manufacturing units in the City in order to understand the market conditions and their product profile – 6th August, 2019 (2nd half)
·         B2B meetings with the Guatemalan importers/buyers of footwear, leather and leather products – 7th August, 2019 (full day). CLE, through Embassy of India is making efforts for booking a suitable venue, adjacent to the fair ground, for B2B meetings with the Guatemalan buyers/importers.
·         Return to India – on 8th August, 2019.

CLE is planning to enlist a maximum of 10 member-companies for joining the Delegation to Guatemala.

Participation fee

In order to meet a portion of expenses relating to the visit and B2B meetings, CLE will be charging a nominal participation fee @ Rs. 20,000/- (rupees twenty thousand only) per participant. Since we are organizing the programme on self financing basis, in order to limit the overall expenses to the minimum level, we will be providing Table + Chairs to the Indian participants, for display of products, for B2B meetings with Guatemalan buyers/importers.    Interested companies are requested to please confirm their participation by sending the attached application form, duly completed latest by Friday, the 7th June, 2019.   Participation fee may be remitted to CLE’s bank account (details given below), before the last date:-

Beneficiary Name – Council for Leather Exports
Bank   –   Canara Bank
Branch   – Park Town Branch, Chennai 3
IFS Code – CNRB0000976
SB Account – 0976101016996

With best regards,

R. Selvam, IAS
Executive Director
Council for Leather Exports