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Govt asks exporters to comply with Global standards to tap International markets

While  speaking at the National Standards Conclave, organised by the Commerce Ministry and industry body CII, Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia laid due emphasis on the inevitable importance of adopting best standards for goods and services so as to enable domestic industry to participate in global value chains.

She said in the food and agriculture sectors, Indian exporters are repetitively facing trade barriers on account of compliance issues.

"Such situations are prevalent in discerning markets like the US, European Union and Japan and if Indian producers are unable to meet mandatory obligations for standards including the sanitary and phytosanitary (related with plants and animals) measures, we may lose our share of export market to other countries," she said.

She said promulgation of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are very important as India receives so many alerts from these countries.

"We have initiated an Inter-Ministerial space where Agriculture Ministry, Health Ministry and agencies like FSSIA, Export Inspection Council, APEDA and MPEDA are now working together to be able to respond more appropriately and efficiently to these alerts," she added.

She also talked about Indian National Strategy for Standardisation (INSS) which gives recommendations a wide range of policy directions to achieve the goal of effective participation in the global value chain.

She added that three areas are important from standards perspective - manufacturing, services and food and agro products. Global value chains, she said, are fast emerging as a key driver of standards, and participation in these requires uniform standards worldwide.

"There is a need to assess the global standards, and working towards harmonisation and adopting global value standards are critical," she said.

Teaotia further said the government has advised all the line ministries to create and strengthen their technical wings for identifying specific standards and technical regulations needed.

There is also a need to promote brand India for Indian products and make them globally acceptable. Talking about global standards in services, Teaotia said it is in nascent stage unlike in goods. "We will have to take lead in development of standards in this sector," she added.
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