CIEO Delegation meeting with MOC successful: Exhibition SOP being reversed

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24 March 2021: A delegation of Council of Indian Exhibition Organisers (CIEO) comprising Steering Committee Members held a marathon meeting with senior officials of Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India in New Delhi.

CIEO Delegation apprised the senior ministry officials on the collective representation in the form of Signature Campaign initiated by CIEO on the reversal of SOP, reduced Venue rental, waiver of cancellation and penal charges from both Government owned and Privately held venues, consideration of Lean Period for Exhibitions during FY 21-22 & inclusion of the Exhibition Sector in the support schemes by government. The campaign was endorsed and signed by more than 200 leading Indian organisers, Foreign Organisers with operations in India and the Exhibition Service Providers

The meeting resulted with positive outcome and the assurance that the SOP shall be reversed and the notification in this regards will be issued by early next week.

Encouraged by the results of the SOP amendment, Rajan Sharma, member of the CIEO Steering Committee who also chaired the CIEO delegation to the ministry said; “We are thankful to the entire Exhibition Industry , specially the organisers to support the signature campaign.

Rajan continued, “We are late in creating this unique forum for and from the exhibition organizers. However, we will address the major issues faced by the organizers and ensure that with CIEO becomes the voice of the Exhibition and Conference organisers operating in India.” 

“I encourage all exhibition organizers having their establishments in India, regardless of corporate background, to join and strengthen CIEO,” said Rajan Sharma.

Timeline: 
# The government issues the said SOP: January 30, 2021
# Emergency electronic meeting held by CIEO: February 1 where CIEO decides to push for the revision of the SOP and launches launch signature campaign. Makes representation to the Ministry of Commerce
# High-level CIEO delegates have their final meeting with Ministry officials : 19 March
# Ministry orders revision of SOP: 19 March
# Ministry issues revised SOP: 22 March

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