Nepali carpets' German importer honoured

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has awarded a German Importer of Nepali carpets with the Export Excellence Award.

According to Nepal Carpet Exporter’s Association (NCEA), yesterday PM Nepal conferred the Export Excellence Award 2009 on Thomas Roetter, managing director of KREIGER GmbH — the second largest importer in Germany which imported 27,123 sq metres of carpets from Nepal in 2009.

Roetter, during the award programme, said that Nepali carpets are incomparably the best carpets in the world and that his company would continue importing carpets from Nepal in even larger volume if the problems created by unending industrial and labour unrest were solved by the government in future.

One the occasion, Fred Keller, managing director of Theoko Collection, expressed satisfaction over the tradition of conferring award on the largest importer and informed that his company has been importing Nepali carpets for the last 22 y ears.

PM Nepal said that the government was committed to restore carpet export to its previous position.

He added that for this purpose a high level task force has been formed which will study the scenario and is recommendations would be implemented this year. Congratulating the winner, he also assured that that the Nepali carpet sector would show higher trade performance in the years ahead and that the government was ready to any pertinent action for that.

Earlier, president of NCEA, Kabindra Nath Thakur, and executive advisor Surendra Dhakal briefed the assembly on the recent International Carpet Fair 2010 at Hanover, Germany, and handed over the report.