GAF 2020 Curtain Raiser held at New Delhi

FICCI in partnership with the CISSA and supported by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India organised  a Curtain Raiser event for 4th Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) at the Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi on 5th March 2020.

Ambassadors, High commissioners and senior diplomats from over 50 countries attended the event along with industry, academia and media captains.

Addressing the delegates Shri. T.S Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India said that the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) has ‘played a considerable role in being a bridge between Ayurveda and Global fraternity and for opening new opportunities for businesses in this sector’.

“Healthcare in India is unique; in a pluralistic milieu of services, India stands as one of the largest healthcare providers in the world”, said Dr G.G. Gangadharan, President, CISSA & Secretary General, Global Ayurveda Festival 2020. Ayurveda has been under utilised and can play a greater role in lifestyle related chronic diseases, he said. 


According to Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI, “Ayurveda has evolved, become contemporary and we will be introduced to the world through the Global Ayurveda Festival. Ayurveda will no longer be alternative healthcare but will soon become a mainstream healthcare. Ayurveda and Yoga are not just health initiatives but happiness initiatives”


Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India said “Ayurveda is undergoing a transformational evolution and in the next 5 years we will witness a global resurgence of Ayurveda”.

Shri. V. Murleedharan, Minister of State of External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs said that Ayurveda ‘can play an important role in curing the diseases arising out of modern lifestyle and there is a need for global mainstreaming. International cooperation is significant here and to push this further experts have been deputed in Indian missions abroad to promote it internationally’.

Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways said that this is a tribute to late Smt. Sushma Swaraj who was visionary behind the Ministry of Ayush and it is to her credit that she revitalised the idea of Ayurveda which was long forgotten


The vision for GAF 2020, global event is to tap Global Markets, Research & Medical Tourism Potential, have focussed sessions on African, ASEAN & European Nations, address Ayurveda and Child Health and Tap Global Market Place, Research and Medical Tourism Potential.