Minister Suresh Prabhu called upon states to explore ways of trapping into the
global trade which is estimated at five trillion US dollars this year by
promoting service exports, organic farming, value addition to agricultural
productions and utilization of benefits accorded to the Special Economic Zones.
Minister who was chairing the third meeting of the Council of Trade development
and Promotion in the national capital on January 8th stressed the
importance of creating an enabling environment for promoting exports.
He said there was a need to develop state and
district level strategies. Districts should be the new units of growth and
planning should be done around this, he added. The Minister further said
that a new agricultural exports policy is required that lays focus on
increasing exports of value-added agricultural products so that farmers
can access international markets and increase their income.
Mr Prabhu released a study “LEADS-Logistics Ease
Across Different States” which is a first ever sub-national logistics
performance index. He also released the “State Exports Booklet” which is a
compendium, of the status of exports from the States over the last 10 years. He
also urged urged the Members of the Council, who are state ministers that there
was a need to jointly address impediments in trade and the logistic and
infrastructure gaps which affect India’s exports.
The Chief Minister of Goa, Deputy Chief Minister
of Gujarat, Ministers from 11 states, senior state government officials and
industry bodies attended the meeting.
Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parikkar said that
all states need to prioritize exports by drafting an export policy and to look
at the primary, manufactures and deemed exports to achieve their full
potential. He drew attention to the imposition of the 5 per cent duty on import
of raw cashew which increased the cost of processed cashew exported from the
Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Bhai Patel
said that frequent changes in the export regulations cause hardship to
exporters as this renders existing contracts in-fructuous. He echoed the
sentiment of providing agri product exporters subsidy on the lines of MSP
support provided to farmers.
Mr.Amar Nath Reddy, Minister (I&C), Andhra
Pradesh sought the support from the centre for resolving issues relating to the
pharmaceutical sector which are major exports from the state and a facilitation
centre to increase the exports from the state.
Mr. Prem Kumar, Minister (Agriculture), Bihar
requested that the centre should support creation of Export Infrastructure like
ICD, support the promotion of agricultural exports and the value addition.
Mr..Chander Mohan Patowary, Minister from Assam
mentioned the possibilities of the north eastern states being positioned as the
gateway to the ASEAN market, specially for IT/ITeS due to its proximity to
Mr Chander Prakash, Minister (Industries), Jammu
and Kashmir requested the setting up of industries related to Railways and Defence
in the state.
Shri Prafulla Samal, Minister (MSME, W&CD and
SSE&PD), Odisha stressed that all the states are to be provided an equal
support in the promotion of exports. He requested the creation of
export infrastructure like cargo complex and stationing of the concerned
Mr Amar Aggarwal, Minister (I&C), Chattisgarh
mentioned that efforts are being made in the state to promote export of forest
products which should be supported by the centre.
Mri C.P. Singh, Minister (Urban Dev. &
Housing Deptt.), Jharkhand requested the increased presence of the Councils in
the State to guide exporters and mentioned the initiatives being taken up by
the state in promoting exports by setting up a free trade zones and a power
Mr. R.V. Deshpande, Minister (Large & Medium
Scale Industry), Karnataka mentioned that there was delay in refunds under the
GST and that there is a need to unify the refund of commercial tax and duty
drawback. He emphasized that states should look at promoting skills
related to export industries.
Mr Rajendra Shukla, Minister (Industries), Madhya
Pradesh mentioned the additional incentives being provided by the state
government to exporters. He mentioned that the state has identified
logistics development as one of the growth sectors.
Mr Madan Kaushik, Minister (Urban Development),
Uttarakhand mentioned the need for strengthening of air cargo and trade
infrastructure in the hill states and the NER. He sought the support of the
centre for capacity building in the identification potential export commodities.