SME Times News Bureau | 17 Jul, 2019
Additional DGFT Vijay Kumar said on Wednesday that the government is taking
necessary steps to further reduce the licencing time for exporting sensitive
and dual-use products and technologies from India.
Speaking at the 3rd National
Conference on Export Controls 2019 organised by FICCI, Mr
Kumar said that the government has simplified many policies in the
last year and strengthened the e-platform for licencing sensitive and dual-use
"We have been successful in
reducing the average time for issuing an authorisation from previous 60 days to
45 days. In some cases, like repeat orders, we have further reduced it to 7 to
10 days. But still we are not satisfied, and we are taking necessary steps to further
reduce the time we take to issue licences," he said.
For this, the government is
adopting and adapting international best practices for its licencing protocol,
he said. Further, the government is in the process of reviewing its Foreign
Trade Policy and have invited suggestions from stakeholders, he added.
Indra Mani Pandey, Additional
Secretary (D&ISA), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India said that as a responsible member of the international
community, India has been committed to ensuring non-proliferation of sensitive
and dual-use materials, equipment and technologies.
To meet this objective, India has
recently joined three key multilateral export control regimes Missile
Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement and
Australia Group. The country has also joined Hague Code of Conduct, he
"The government and industry
partnership is essential for implementing a strong and robust export control
system. There is no doubt that industry is the first and the most critical line
of defence against proliferation. I would like to urge the industry to look at
the export controls as an enabling obligation," he added.
Pandey said that the government is keen to encourage
exports of sensitive and dual-use goods and technology but wants to ensure that
exports by Indian entities do not reach wrong destinations in wrong hands.
Further, flagging the potential
dual-use nature of new and emerging technologies, he said, "These
technological challenges are evolving at a fast pace and pose a huge and
enduring challenge to export control regimes and the national export control
systems. We have taken a lead in focusing the global attention on developments
in science and technology in the context of disarmament and non-proliferation."
Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export
Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce said
India?s membership to the multilateral export control regimes have led to
liberalised treatment of controlled exports from US to India.
Further, he said with India
becoming one of the closest allies of the US, it has become eligible for
general authorisation meant for licence exceptions, which will facilitate trade
including in the defence sector.
"We have laid the
ground-work for continued robust high-tech trade whether its biotech,
chemicals, aerospace, defence or space," Mr Borman said.
S.R. Rao, former Senior Advisor to DBT, Ministry of Science and
Technology, Government of India said that biotechnology has become very
challenging in terms of securing biodiversity and export controls should be
better understood instead of getting scared about it.
Mohan Nair, Member, FICCI Defence Committee, and Head of
International Business Development, L&T Defence said that the government
has taken several initiatives to boost exports of defence items as part of
realising the Prime Minister's vision of achieving the country's full