The Indo-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce has approached Hindi film actress Rani Mukherjee to inaugurate the India Product Show 2013, which will be held in Yangon, Myanmar in the first week of May. “We are in talks with Bollywood actors Rani Mukherjee and Mithun Chakrobarty to become the chief guests for the gala dinner after the opening ceremony,” said a senior official of the Indo Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The official added that the chamber is still negotiating with the two actors regarding the logistics.

“The idea behind inviting Bollywood actors is to attract large crowds at the exhibition and also add glamour to the event. The inauguration ceremony will be then followed by a dinner, which will be attended by the top brass of the Myanmar government and business community,” the official said requesting anonymity as the talks were in the initial stages.

The chamber hopes to tap companies from various industries including consumer goods, auto engineering parts, non conventional energy, home furnishing, pharmaceutical and others.

The association is in talks with consumer goods giant Godrej Consumer Products, Kores India Ltd, consumer electronic major IFB and Samsonite.”There is a lot of scope for all these industries in Myanmar. Our talks with industry body FICCI have reached an advanced stage,” said the official.

The India Product Show was organised in Myanmar last year and had close to 20 participants including Godrej Consumer Products. “The Indian government has not been so supportive of the initiatives and therefore, it has been difficult for us to organise large scale exhibitions in Myanmar to promote trade between the two countries,” the official said.

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