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.
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.
promulgation of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are very important as
India receives so many alerts from these countries.
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.
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.
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.
is a need to assess the global standards, and working towards harmonisation and
adopting global value standards are critical," she said.
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.