Nalumango arrival in India excites INA Corporative

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THE Indian National Arts (INA) is one of the India’s cooperative success stories with about 450 families working together in trade.
INA as the Cooperative is popularly referred to which seeks to grow its international collaboration is excited with Vice-President Mutale Nalumango’s visit to India.
Its representative, Babu ‘Carlos’ Lal, who is one of the thousands of workers working under the cooperative said apart from the wholesale establishment, INA has a department which deals with tailor made garments for those that may not like the items on display.
He says he was particularly excited with Vice-President Nalumango’s visit to Delhi because he seeks to partner with Zambians who have been his majority customers.
A visit to the cooperative which sits in the heart of Delhi on Captain Gaur Marg and Shri Nivaspuri Okhla Mandi roads is an idea that people with a commercial insight would take a leaf from.
“The name of this place is India National Arts. More than 450 families are working with us making different kinds of articles, they are making handicrafts, carpets, Jewelry, handmade bed covers, curtains, children’s wear, saris, ladies dresses/shirts, ladies dresses and Jeans,” Carlos explained.
“We also have customer kings here, tailor-made garments. So if someone wants to make a tailor-made suit in this place, we have a section that does that within a short period of time but with precision and elegance…if you make an order in the morning, we can have it ready and deliver in the night.”
Carlos said the tailor-made outfit making department works 24 hours to meet customer satisfaction, an accomplishment that most businesses don’t possess.
With over 170 tailors at his disposal, the cooperative delivering a trendy suit is an achievement he described as ‘stress-free’.
“We work 24 hours, seven days a week and we have over 70 tailors working here on this floor and in the basement we have over 100 tailors; all together we have over and about 170 tailors working,” Carlos said.
He said no one in the Cooperative would do everything alone and that’s why working as a team has earned it massive international recognition as well as neat workmanship.
He said each family specializes in one particular trade and called on Zambians to team up if they want to see their cooperatives thrive.
Carlos said he was ready to tutor established cooperatives in Zambia on the success of INA which has been in existence since 2006.
Before its transformation, INA was called Indian National Awards.
He said such cooperatives are not only a feature in cities but also in the rural part of India though in villages most of them are agriculture based.
“In India we have a lot of Cooperatives Societies working like this, others are working elsewhere but not directly under INA but when they bring their products here.
I future we have plans to take this business to Zambia also if not we can help them start. We can also provide them with equipment such as machines and what to use as they start because it would be good for us also…we are seriously seeking businesss partners in Zambia,” he said.
“We have different sections here and each section displays particular items in bulk. Apart from what I told you earlier, we have quilts, marble, mirror works, ready-made jackets, paper machi and wooden, shoes, belts, semi-precious stones, Panjabi dresses; all made by these people you see here…everything you will get under one roof,” he said.
Carlos said owing to the long standing Zambia-India relationship, he has been comfortable to deal with Zambians who mostly buy items from the cooperative.
He however wants a balance in trade where Zambians would also bring items made in Zambia for the Indian market.
Carlos said just like the cooperative has branches in Jaipur and Gurugram in Rajasthan and Hariana State he would like to see an outlet opened for the Zambian market.
“India and Zambia have had a good relationship so we want to do business together…in future I would like to see this business expand into Zambia.
With the coming of Zambia’s Vice-President, we are excited because both countries have things we can export and import to each other but I am particularly happy to see so many things come from Zambia to India as well,” Carlos said.
He said he would like the Indian government to broker trade relations with Zambia so that both nations will have a win-win outcome.
“So far many Zambians come here. Others come for business while others come special health procedures but what I would like to suggest to my India and Zambian government is that in future we can start promoting tourism also, because we are doing textile, agriculture, mining with Zambia. We know Zambia has good minerals but India is the best country for cutting and polishing such minerals so collaborating will earn both nationals a lot of money,” he said.
Carlos called on the two governments to relax the existing bottlenecks in acquiring trade visas.
Like many other business, INA had challenges in its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The last two years was bad because of Coronavirus but we managed to work through,” said Carlos.
Vice-President Nalumango was yesterday expected in Delhi for the 17th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India-Africa growth partnership.
By Oliver Chisenga in Delhi

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