State industries dept staff to get training from apex export body

This comes after the Federation of Indian Export Organisation prepared an overall report called “Gujarat Export Competitiveness Vision 2020” in January.

Written by Lakshmi Ajay | Ahmedabad | Published:May 28, 2013 6:14 am

The Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO),the apex export promotion council of India,will train at least 15 officials from Gujarat’s industries department and another 15 entrepreneurs in a two-day capacity-building programme starting on Friday.

This comes after the FIEO prepared an overall report called “Gujarat Export Competitiveness Vision 2020” in January. It had cited that Gujarat contributed 25 per cent to the country’s total exports. This percentage is expected to see a five-fold rise in the next seven years.

“Gujarat should take the lead in exports,considering it has a buoyant manufacturing sector. It must focus on overseas markets with more finished goods. We will host a series of training programmes to sensitise and train state government officers from the industries department on export regulations and guidelines. These sessions will guide them on procedural and regulatory requirements for exports in different sectors. We will also discuss some of the focus areas that the state should tap into,” said Ajay Sahai,FIEO’s Director-General and CEO.

Along with undertaking sensitisation training programme on exports,the FIEO is also in talks with the state Industries Department to set up 9 export facilitation centres in Gujarat to promote and encourage exporters in the state with ready information available from one single source. Sahai added that the facilitation centres were most likely to come up around areas that were the manufacturing hubs in the state.

“The FIEO experts will train our officers in a bid to increase in-house capacity,sensitising them to the opportunities in the export sector. We are also in talks with them for trade facilitation centres,” said K D Vyas, AGM at the Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb).

The report prepared by the FIEO for Gujarat cited that while exports from India were currently pegged at $300 billion (Rs 16.50 lakh crore),Gujarat contributed around $75 billion (Rs 4.15 lakh crore). The report had estimated that while India’s exports were likely to grow by $1200 billion,exports from Gujarat will account for $ 400 billion of the total share.

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