Chhattisgarh can give fillip to India’s exports: Baghel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel addresses ‘Vanijya Utsav’ (Commerce Fest) in Raipur on Tuesday.

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday said that Chhattisgarh can play an important role in the country’s export scenario.

He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day ‘Vanijya Utsav’ (Commerce Fest) in capital city Raipur.

“Chhattisgarh is rich in natural resources and has all kinds of minerals available abundantly. Chhattisgarh has immense scope in the field of commerce and industry. Chhattisgarh can play an important role in the country’s export scenario,” Baghel said.

He further added that “Chhattisgarh has no shortage of water, forest and land. Besides being the ‘bowl of paddy’, the State contributes 74% of the minor forest produce collection in the country. Medicinal herbs are abundantly available in the state, and processing-value addition to these herbs will help in promoting industry, commerce and export”.

Highlighting that Chhattisgarh is a landlock state, hence the air cargo facility is important for exporting the products manufactured in the state, the Chief Minister said that the Chhattisgarh Government has been demanding the Government of India to provide air cargo facility in the state for a long time.

He emphasized that Chhattisgarh can play its better share in the country’s exports of US $ 700 billion, with availability of air cargo service.

This two-day event of ‘commerce fest’ is being organized under the joint aegis of Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Government of India and Chhattisgarh Commerce and Industry Department under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

In this event, Shephixel Kolkata, DGFT, CSIDC Customs and others concerning the Ministry of Commerce are participating. The inauguration programme was presided over by Chhattisgarh’s Commerce and Industry Minister Kawasi Lakhma.

Referring to Chhattisgarh’s new industrial policy 2019-24, Baghel said that the government has made provisions of various facilities for the entrepreneurs to promote the industrial sector of the state.

“This has created a positive environment for industrial development in the state. 140 MoUs have been signed with industrial institutions and entrepreneurs with an investment of Rs 65000 crore.”

The Chief Minister said that agriculture and forest produce based industries are also being promoted in the state.
Kawasi Lakhma urged the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Government of India to establish an export office in Chhattisgarh to promote exports.

It is noteworthy that a two-day commerce fest is being organized on September 21 and 22 in the capital city Raipur, on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Independence Day. (Press Release)

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