A two-day meeting of port officers
organized by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), of the Department
of Commerce, ended on May third in New Delhi.
Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu urged the Port Officers to reorient
their thinking to be facilitators of the trade and not a regulator exercising
control over trade. The Minister was addressing the regional officers from
different parts of the country.
The regional officers have to take their
job as a challenge and an opportunity as foreign trade is now a strategic issue
for India as it not only benefits the domestic economy but also links the
country with global trade. The Minister asked for greater engagement of
regional officers with the state governments in order to boost exports. He
urged the Directorate General of Foreign Trade to set up a committee headed by
the Chief Secretaries of states on all export promotion issues including Logistics.
The Minister further added that officers
of DGFT in the regions should identify districts with potential to export
unique products and those officers who are able to fulfil their targets will be
rewarded. He urged DGFT to organize
regular orientation programmes for employees at all levels so that they are
aligned to the mission of DGFT to serve exporters of the country.
During the two days’ deliberations the
regional authorities of DGFT discussed various administrative issues faced by
them and measures to be taken for streamlining regulatory mechanisms for
exports. During the discussions it was also decided that regional authorities
of DGFT should conduct outreach programmes with exporters on all issues of the
Department of Commerce.