GoI constitutes council for states’ assistance in boosting exports

SRINAGAR: The government of India has constituted a Council for Trade Development and Promotion to ensure continuous dialogue with state governments and Union Territories (UTs) for making the states active partners in boosting India’s exports.
“…the Council has been constituted on 3rd July, 2015, to ensure a continuous dialogue with state governments and UTs on measures for providing an international trade-enabling environment in the states and to create a framework for making the states active partners in boosting India’s exports,” the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, said, according to an official release issued here, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
She said all the states and UTs have been requested to use the Council for articulating their perspective on the trade policy, outline the assistance needed for their export promotion initiatives, and to send their suggestions for setting the agenda for the first meeting of the Council.
This, she said, will be an institutional mechanism for regular communication with the stakeholders. She said the Department of Commerce has identified “some key initiatives” to be taken by the state and UTs including preparation of export strategies, appointment of export commissioners, and institution of export awards.
“Till date, 15 states and UTs have prepared their export strategies, 24 states and UTs have appointed export commissioners and six states and UTs have instituted the export awards,” she said.