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Commerce ministry to revisit $900 bn exports target by FY20

India exports goods worth $300 bn per fiscal year, while services exports amounted to $150 bn annually

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Commerce ministry to revisit $900 bn exports target by FY20

The today said it will revisit the $900 billion target by 2019-20 as the country's shipments are not able to show healthy growth rate in the first three years.

After holding over three-hour long meeting with exporters, Commerce Secretary said that certainly there is a need to revisit the export target because in the external world nobody calculated for the global commodity prices and currency fluctuations.


"We are certainly not going to aim for the same target because we have not been able to show that growth rate in the first three years," she told reporters here.

On April 1, 2015, the government announced a slew of incentives and new institutional mechanisms as part of the new Foreign Trade Policy (2015-2020) to nearly double country's goods and services to $900 billion by 2019-2020.

India goods worth around $300 billion per fiscal year, while services amounted to around $150 billion annually.

On whether the ministry would come out with the mid-term review of the foreign trade policy, she said Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu would take a call after returning from Morocco, where he is going for a (World Trade Organisation) meeting.

"Whether we will issue a formal statement of intent (on the policy), the minister has to take a view on that," she said.

However, she added that the mid-term review is on and some got addressed through the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Speaking to reporters, Prabhu said that it was agreed at the meeting that each export promotion council (EPC) "is now going to prepare a concrete strategic action plan for what can be done in the foreseeable future" to boost

He said the ministry would act on the suggestions made by the stakeholders today.

"We will together act on those inputs in the next two-three weeks and therefore we will also prepare a plan," he said adding most of the issues are related to the finance ministry and "we are going to take those issues with them".

People who participated in the meeting include leading exporters, EPCs, associations, industry chambers, spices board.

Minister for Textiles and Information and Broadcasting Smriti Zubin Irani also participated in the meeting.

Prabhu also stressed the importance of export-led growth and called for enhancing competitiveness and integration with global value chain.

The deliberations flagged global and domestic challenges faced by exporters.

GST related issues regarding working capital blockage, delay in refunds and usability of Merchandise from India Scheme and Service from India Scheme scrips were raised by exporters.

In the context of the mid-term review of the FTP, exporters requested inclusion of more products under these schemes and interest subsidy scheme and also increase the rates of incentive.

The meeting also provided inputs for a new export strategy focusing on integrating India into the regional and global value chain, focus on high and medium technology sectors of and unleashing the potential of services such as tourism and e-commerce.

In a series of tweets, Prabhu said: "We must align our standards with global standards. Benchmarking will stimulate exports, ensure India's integration with global value chain".

"We are working on short, medium and long-term strategies. There can be short-term challenges but the future belongs to India," he added.

India's recorded a double-digit growth of 10.29 per cent after a gap of three months to $23.81 billion in August, mainly on account of rise in shipments of chemicals, petroleum and engineering products.

Cumulative during April-August 2017-18 increased by 8.57 per cent to $118.57 billion, while imports grew by 26.63 per cent to $181.71 billion, leaving a trade deficit of $63.14 billion.

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 23:00 IST
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