Mrs. Nelly Rodrigues  President, District Panchayat, South Goa inaugurated the Asia Conference on Building Consumer Confidence at Bogamallo Beach Resort, Goa on 9th October 2012.

Mr. Rudi Dalvai, President, WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation), Mr. Ravi Jayavardane, President, WFTO Asia and Ms. Jabeen Jambughodawala, President Fair Trade Forum – India spoke on the occasion.

Mrs. Nelly Rodgriz in her inaugural address commended the efforts being organised by Fair Trade movement globally as well as in India to extend sustainable livelihood options for the marginalised artisans and farmers.  She urged the Fair Trade fraternity to explore taking up regular Fair Trade initiatives in Goa to support deserving producers as well as introducing local products to consumers and especially the visitors coming in to the state.

Mr. Rudi Dalvai, in his address suggested that the fair trade fraternity always try to introspect itself at all levels “to ensure that the prime goal of Fair Trade of handholding the grassroots level producers is happening”   About 250 participants hail from different Asian countries (including CEOs, activists from Fair Trade organisations), Board members of WFTO & WFTO Asia, media persons and Fair Trade producers (artisans & farmers) participated in the conference. Mr. S.C.Mittal, Secretary, FTF-I expressed vote of thanks.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by cultural programs.