Indian High Commissioner Malay Mishra is calling on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to stop the Indian trade fairs that are operating in this country.
Speaking at yesterday's business forum held by the High Commission of India, in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, at the chamber building in Westmoorings, Mishra said the Indian government distances itself from the activities of the "so-called" Indian trade fairs.
"The Indian trade fairs may bear the name of India, but the government of India has nothing to do with those Indian trade fairs. We are at a distance from them because the products they are bringing to this country are sub-standard, they devalue the product value of Indian products, devalue the brand of India and they do all kinds of unethical trade practices to give you something cheap in the market.
"And they should not be encouraged. I make a call, a plea to the Government through the Minister (of Trade Vasant Bharath) that they should not be allowed," he said.
Mishra added that India has quality control and therefore a standard that its manufacturers must follow in order to do business outside of India, and this flouting of those standards by these trade fair operators is affecting the genuine Indian businessmen who adhere to the standards.
"And therefore we have to find means and ways to stop this practice. So I again make this plea as we are talking about creating business and industry together," Mishra added.