Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR
Imphal, September 21, 2021:A Vanijya Utsav – Exporters Conclave for the Promotion of Export Oriented Businesses in Manipur was opened today by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the Classic Grande Hotel, Chingmeirong.
The opening ceremony was organized by the Department of Textiles, Trade and Industry in association with the General Directorate of Foreign Trade, the Department of Commerce, the Government of India and the Federation of Indian Export Organizations.
The Chief Minister expressed his pleasure to be part of “Vanijya Utsav”, celebrated within the framework of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” for the promotion of India’s exports and its potential.
He said that “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” is celebrated to commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the contributions of the Indian people who were instrumental in the journey.
âWe also remember the power and potential of the people to realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fueled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The two-day event would be extremely beneficial for entrepreneurs and state-owned businesses and in promoting local products for exports, âsaid Biren.
The Chief Minister further stated that the state as the land gateway to ASEAN has enormous potential for development and growth.
As a result, the development of connectivity infrastructure in the state has been a priority for this government.
Rail connectivity to Imphal from Jiribam and other projects like the Thailand Trilateral Highway to Moreh and the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project have immense potential to boost exports once completed.
Over the past four and a half years, other related infrastructure projects have been inaugurated and implemented, including the integrated checkpoint at Moreh and the land customs post at Moreh located within the PCI are operational.
Repair and renovation of the Moreh Trade Center was undertaken to provide state-of-the-art facilities for holding G2B and B2B conferences to promote exports.
The Manipur Trade and Expo Center in Lamboikhongnangkhong was established with the help of the central government as well as mega food parks with cold stores and associated warehouses in eight districts, as well as the CSIR-CFTRI resource center project in Imphal, to give a boost to the food processing sector in the state, he added.
He added that Manipur is known for its rich agro-horticultural resources.
Of the 2,770,064 hectares identified as a potential area for horticultural crops, only about 62,200 hectares are currently covered, leaving plenty of scope for expansion.
The government will continue to promote local agricultural, horticultural and forestry products through various programs.
Chakhao (aromatic black rice) recently obtained a Geographical Indication label and is currently being exported to other states and foreign nations.
Tribal beneficiaries benefit from extended support under the leadership of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana.
Organic farming is promoted within the framework of the âMission Development of the organic value chain for the North-East regionâ.
Products are identified for all districts as part of a One District One product program in order to reap the proceeds from the sale.
The Prime Minister’s formalization program for food processing microenterprises (PM FME) will also give a major boost to the food processing sector.
Looms, handicrafts, cane and bamboo artwork, and pottery from Manipur with unique and exquisite designs unique to their communities are also potential export products, Biren said.
To facilitate sound policy and strategic planning at the state level for export promotion, the state government has established the State Level Export Promotion Committee and the District Export Promotion Committees. for the preparation of district export action plans for each of the 16 districts and action is also taken. to study export potential and to frame Manipur’s export policy as part of the Indian government’s Ministry of Commerce’s market access initiative, he said.
The Chief Minister highlighted some areas that need to be considered to promote the export of local products and a special provision for Indo-Myanmar border free trade via Moreh by establishing a branch of Passport Seva Kendra which would boost the prospects of the trade and exports in the state as the transition to normal trade resulted in the collection of duties of 40%, which negatively impacted trade through Moreh.
The development of a multimodal logistics park in the state has potential for the region and the country given the proposed trans-Asian rail network, trilateral highway and inland waterways.
The Chief Minister thanked the DGFT, the Ministry of Commerce, the Government of India and the Federation of Indian Export Organizations for their support and said that the deliberations during the two-day event will be informative and constructive and offer valuable insights to better understand potential areas. and the challenges of promoting trade and exports in the state.
The inaugural function was attended by RK Ranjan Singh, Union Minister of State (External Affairs and Education) as guest of honor, Th Biswajit Singh, Minister (Textiles, Trade and Industries) as chairman as well as other dignitaries and participants.