New Delhi: Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal on Tuesday (September 15, 2020) stated that there has been double-digit growth in exports in the last week that has proven to be a rapid recovery.

Goyal said that in the week from September 8 to 14, the value of exports is $6.88 billion, up by 10.73% over the same period of the previous year.

The Union Minister while addressing the inaugural session of CII’s India-UK Annual Conference virtually also called for aiming for the target of $500 billion of service exports and opined that this is imminently doable. 

“We are all confident that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India will get back to our 5 trillion economy target, and it is time we leverage on this.” 

“This is indicative that India is in a move to get back, our resilience is showing, our confidence is emerging, our can-do spirit is reflected in all these numbers”, he added.

Goyal expressed the belief that the time is opportune and ripe to have an early harvest between India and the United Kingdom.  

The Union Minister said, “We should start an engagement on FTA. It is the need of the hour. We should look at the preferential trade agreement so that we can demonstrate to the whole world sincerity and seriousness of the UK-India engagement. In bilateral agreements between 2 nations, we give some and get some. We are able to benefit businesses & create jobs on both sides of the table. We must look at taking it forward expeditiously.” 

Talking about the initiative between Japan, Australia and India towards Resilient Supply Chains, he said that it holds good potential for us to take forward with other countries like the UK, Europe, the US, along with certain Latin American and African countries.

The Minister said that there are many industries which have huge potential to work with businesses in the UK, where the UK is a net importer in a big way, where India has a competitive and comparative advantage to be able to serve the UK’s requirements. 

He said, “We have had a very good dialogue in terms of considering how we can prepare before January to see if engagement with the UK can be taken to the next level.” 

He said that the UK certainly can benefit significantly from India’s healthcare offerings. 

“India offers a huge potential to give quality medical support at affordable prices and at a speed which they will not get in the UK,” he opined.

The Minister expressed that the confidence that CII has demonstrated in terms of India’s ability to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, has truly been remarkable. 

“We will rapidly recover, ensure businesses come back on track and we will back to the growth trajectory. We believe our manufacturing ecosystem will grow by $300 billion in the next 5 years. For boosting the domestic consumption and exports, we are focusing on the 24 industry sub-sectors.”

Goyal stated that India ensured all its international commitments were met during the pandemic and said, “This is the trusted partnership India offers to the world which has been recognized. All through the pandemic, our services exports were at 90% of last year’s level of the corresponding period. This has added to the credibility of India as a trusted partner world over. Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, we have been able to earn the goodwill, friendship, trust of world leaders and countries”.

Expressing happiness over the rapid financial recovery in India, Goyal said that Railways freight loading has increased by 4% in August 2020, as compared to the corresponding period last year. In the first 13 days of September, Railways has carried 12% more freight compared to the same period last year.

Talking about the digitalisation, Goyal said that we have been given a task by the Prime Minister to take Wi-Fi to every corner, every village of the country in the next 1000 days.  

“I am certain that the partnership between the government and industry will ensure that we make this a grand success. It is extremely important in a post-COVID world. India has been a beneficiary of huge investments made in the last 6 years in several such initiatives. All these have held India in good stead during the pandemic,” the Minister said.

He added that in fact, India is currently witnessed to a revelation about how certain countries are indulging in a lot of data management, data crunching which is not in India’s national security interest.


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