New Delhi: International Arogya 2017, the first international conference and exhibition on AYUSH and wellness systems organized by FICCI in collaboration with Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Pharmexcil, began here today in the presence of more than 1,500 delegates from India as well as visitors and hosted delegations from over 60 countries.
The four-day event is being held in the backdrop of the National Health Policy 2017 strongly advocating mainstreaming the potential of AYUSH within a pluralistic system of Integrative healthcare. It will showcase the strength and scientific validation of traditional Indian systems of medicine in the global context, including Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), and facilitate their worldwide promotion, development and recognition.
International Arogya 2017 was inaugurated by Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Mr Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, in the presence of Mr Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH; and Dr Sanjaya Baru, Secretary General, FICCI, in the presence of the leading AYUSH Industry stakeholders, Government officials and other dignitaries. All the participants unanimously gave a call for mainstreaming AYUSH and integrating its infrastructure into India’s healthcare system.
A White Paper titled “AYUSH for the World” by Frost & Sullivan was launched to offer insights into the regulatory requirements for herbal medicines in ASEAN and BIMSTEC nations. The document notes that India is the second largest exporter of Ayurvedic and alternate medicines to the world and has a potential to generate three million job opportunities. The Indian herbal market is valued at Rs 5,000 crore currently, with an annual growth rate of 14%.