SME Times News Bureau | 29 Apr, 2020
Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on
Wednesday through Video Conferencing, held discussions with the Export
Promotion Councils (EPCs) of the country.
He called upon the Exporters to identify their
strengths, potentials and competitive advantages in specific sectors, and focus
on harnessing them in the world markets.
Goyal said that in the post-Covid era, there is
going to be perceptible change in the global supply-chains, and Indian
industrialists and exporters should be looking to capture significant share in
the world trade.
He assured them that the Government will be a
pro-active supporter and facilitator in their efforts, and the Indian Missions
abroad can play an important role in that. The Minister said that Incentives
can be given, but they have to be justified, reasonable, and WTO-compliant.
Goyal said that the Ministry is working on
identifying the specific sectors which can be taken forward in the immediate
future for the Exports purpose.
He said that India is going to have a bumper Rabi
harvest this season, and our storage facilities are overflowing.
At the same time, there are news stories that
there is shortage of food items in several countries.
Many places are not having food of appropriate
quality, taste and quantity, due to disruptions in the supply chains because of
Covid-19 crisis. He said that this seems to be a good opportunity for export of
agricultural and processed food items.
The Minister exhorted the Export promotion
councils to undertake brainstorming sessions with its members, and come up with
similar actionable, big-ticket ideas.
The meeting was attended, among others, by FIEO,
AEPC, SRTEPC, CLE, SEPC, Chemexcil, GJEPC, CEPC, Shefexil, CEPCI, PEPCI,
Pharmexcil, ECSEPC, EEPC, TEPC, Capexil, Chemexcil.