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Exim Policy Annual Supplement 2010 - 2011 to the Foreign Trade Policy 2009 - 2014 Foreword.


FOREWORD

The Foreign Trade Policy for the period 2009-2014 was announced on 27th August 2009 at a time when the world was emerging from the shadow of a challenging economic period, the worst we have seen in the last 7 decades. Economies and markets across the world were in turmoil, causing sharp contraction ininternational trade, adversely impacting global investment flows, rendering over 50 million people jobless. The world trade witnessed an unprecedented contraction of over 12%.

In this backdrop, the key objective for the Foreign Trade Policy was to arrest the declining exports and reverse the trend. A multipronged strategy was adopted to provide stability of policy and giving additional support, especially to employment intensive sectors. Market diversification strategy under pinned our approach to reach out to non-traditional destinations in Africa, Latin America and Asia since our traditional markets in the developed world witnessed a sharp contraction in demand. We were also committed to encourage technological upgradation of exports and undertake an exercise of simplification of procedures for reducing transaction costs.

These constituted the key principles based on which the Policy was announced last year and we can look back with a sense of satisfaction that we were able to achieve the immediate objectives of our Policy. Exports which were steadily declining since October 2008 turned the corner in October 2009 and we ended last year with exports of US$ 178.66 billion. In the first quarter of 2010-11, exports have grown by 32%, compared to last year.

In the last one year, we have undertaken significant measures in reaching out to the world and have been actively engaged in bilateral trade negotiations. As part of our Look East policy, we concluded Trade in Goods Agreement with ASEAN and Korea and are now currently engaged in negotiations with Malaysia, Japan and the EU.

We have been holding a continuous dialogue with all stakeholders including industry associations, Export Promotion Councils to obtain sectoral feedback to enable us to make mid-course corrections. This year, we are coming out with a Supplement to the Policy announced last year, building on experience which we have gained while maintaining continuity and stability in Policy and also providing benefit to those sectors which are still struggling. Labour intensive sectors are being given special attention and the policy parameters have been crafted to enhance the competitiveness of our exports by supporting upgradation in technologies. A Committee of Experts had been constituted to examine the whole gamut of transaction costs and the entire value chain of exports. The recommendations of the Committee are being finalized and will now be implemented over the next few months.

I am confident that with the Policy announcements which we have made this year, we are on course to achieve our export target of US$ 200 billion in the fiscal year 2010-11 and over the remaining 3 years of Policy, we should be able to come back on the high export growth trajectory of 25% per annum and by 2014, we expect to double India’s exports of goods and services.

August 23, 2010

ANAND SHARMA
Minister of Commerce & Industry
Government of India


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