Indian gov't says new foreign trade policy 2021-2026 to be rolled out from April

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-13 20:04:35|Editor: huaxia

NEW DELHI, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- India's new foreign trade policy 2021-2026 will come into effect from April 1 this year, the federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry said Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that a meeting of its parliamentary consultative committee was held Tuesday to brief members of parliament about the foreign trade policy (FTP).

"It was informed that the new FTP will come into effect from 1st April 2021 for a period of five years and will strive to make India a leader in the area of international trade and channelize the synergies gained through merchandise and services exports for growth and employment with a goal to make India a USD 5 trillion economy," it said.

Ministry officials said the last five-year policy starting April 1, 2015 was extended by one year until March 31, 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"A key driver for India to achieve the USD 5 trillion mark in an expedited time frame would be boosting exports, both merchandise and services," the statement said.

The statement said that achieving the goal will involve "systematically addressing domestic and overseas constraints related to the policy, regulatory and operational framework for lowering transactions costs and enhancing ease of doing business, creating a low cost operating environment through efficient, cost-effective and adequate logistical and utilities infrastructure."

"Improvements in the operations of the domestic manufacturing and services sector in combination with efficient infrastructure support by the government would result in correcting the imbalances within India and feed into the trade policy," it noted.

The ministry also said district export hubs initiative will form an important component of the new policy. Enditem