Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday chaired a meeting of different exports stakeholders and Commerce Ministry officers to discuss a strategy for revitalising India’s exports and doubling it by 2025.
The Minister said this was necessary in view of challenges like uncertainty of global trade, rigid approach of banks affecting availability of credit, high logistics cost and productivity standards and qualities.
Exports create jobs, bring in foreign exchange and validate India’s international competitiveness.
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary will be the chairperson of this mission and will regularly review the work of different export promotion councils and divisions of the Ministry of Commerce.
The Commerce Minister has already held two meetings with key Ministries for preparing sectoral export strategies which are being finalised. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has done a study identifying 100 billion exports in traditional, new markets and products. EXIM has conducted market research and draft export strategy is being prepared.
India had acceded to World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in April, 2016 and action plan containing specific activities to further ease out the bottlenecks to trade has been prepared.
To facilitate transparency through Ease of Doing Business and IT initiatives DGFT and SEZ have been online integrated with customs Indian Customs and Central Excise Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway (ICEGATE) and mandatory documents required for exports and imports have been reduced to three each.
Import Export Code (IEC) has been integrated with PAN and MoU signed with GSTN for complete integration. Electronic bank realisation certificate (eBRC) system has been shared with 14 State Governments for quick tax refunds and MoU signed with GST Network for integration of e-BRC with GSTN. State Governments have been provided access to DGCI&S export data in real time, according to a statement here.
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of Department of Commerce to give focused attention to 12 identified Champion Services Sectors for promoting their development, and realizing their potential.
Mr Prabhu emphasised that special strategy is being prepared for the services sector in order to achieve broad-based growth instead of the existing pre-dominance of IT-ITeS, diversification of services exports across geographical territories, sensitisation of the States to formulate new structures, policies and action plans for services sector and promotion of India as a services hub.