Circular No. ES/ 242 /2020-21 4th July, 2020
To : Members of the Council
Sub.: Shri Piyush Goyal lauds the efforts of Exporters as the country makes fast recovery in Exports
The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal held a meeting, through Video conference on 3rd July, 2020 with Office-bearers of Export Promotion Councils (EPCs), to discuss and address the issues of exporters, due to Covid-19. The Chairman of the Council, Shri Ronak Rughani too participated in the discussion. The meeting was also attended by representatives of FIEO, APEC, GJEPC, CLE, CEPC, Shefexil, Pharmexil, ECSEPC, ISEPC, SEPC, EEPC, EPCH, PEPC, TEXPROCIL, Telecom EPC, Cashew EPC, Chemexcil, CEPEXIL, IOPEPC and PLEXCONCIL. In this regard, a Press Release has been issued by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry on 3rd July, 2020.
Addressing the EPCs, Shri Goyal said that the Exports, after setbacks in first two months of this financial year, due to Covid-19, are recovering fast, as the Unlock process gains and the Economic activity makes a revival. He said that the data of June, 2020 will reflect the gains, with the merchandise export figures touching almost 88% of the corresponding period last year. He lauded the role of exporters for attaining the feat in such a short time inspite of many areas in the country being under containment zones and having restrictions. On the issue of imports, he said that they are still far behind and this is a good thing.
Shri Piyush Goyal said that as the Unlock 2.0 has come with more permissions, it is expected that things will further improve in the future. He called upon the industry to shun from over-dependence on imports as this leads to long-term dire consequences. He exhorted them to make in India, use indigenous resources and skilled manpower, produce quality products, and use the economies of scale to deliver affordable products.
Talking about the spirit of partnership and cooperation, the Minister assured the exporters and the industry of full support from the Government. He announced that action is being taken on the Baba Kalyani committee recommendations of the Special Economic Zones(SEZ).
The participants thanked the Minister and Officers for playing a pro-active role and whole-hearted support during the pandemic time, which helped them make a turnaround in the shortest possible time. However, many of them said that there are still certain issues, requiring intervention and support of the Government. They expressed their full support to the Government’s Aatamnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.