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NITI Aayog releases Export Preparedness Index 2020

NITI Aayog releases Export Preparedness Index 2020
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NITI Aayog in partnership with the Institute of Competitiveness has released the Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020. 

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NITI Aayog in partnership with the Institute of Competitiveness has released the Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020.

NITI Aayog in partnership with the Institute of Competitiveness has released the Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020. This is the first report to examine export preparedness and performance of Indian states. EPI intends to identify challenges and opportunities; enhance the effectiveness of government policies and encourage a facilitative regulatory framework.

The EPI provides invaluable insights on how states can attain this goal.

The structure of the EPI includes four pillars which are Policy, Business Ecosystem, Export Ecosystem and Export Performance. Details of the four pillars and the rationale behind the selection of each of them:

1) Policy: A comprehensive trade policy provides a strategic direction for exports and imports.

2) Business Ecosystem: An efficient business ecosystem can help states attract investments and create an enabling infrastructure for individuals to initiate start-ups.

3) Export Ecosystem: This pillar aims to assess the business environment, which is specific to exports.

4) Export Performance: This is the only output-based pillar and examines the reach of export footprints of States and Union Territories.

It also includes 11 sub-pillars like Export Promotion Policy, Institutional Framework, Business Environment, Infrastructure, Transport Connectivity, Access to Finance, Export Infrastructure, Trade Support, R&D Infrastructure, Export Diversification and Growth Orientation.

On the occasion, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar said that the Indian economy holds immense potential to become a strong exporter on the world stage. To realize this potential, it is crucial that India turns to its states and union territories and makes them active participants in the country's export efforts.

He said, to realize this vision, the Export Preparedness Index evaluates states' potentials and capacities. Dr Kumar said, it is hoped that the detailed insights from this Index will guide all stakeholders towards strengthening the export ecosystem at both the national and sub-national levels.

NITI Aayog, Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said that the Export Preparedness Index is a data-driven effort to identify the core areas which are crucial for export promotion at the sub-national level.

He said, all the states and Union Territories have been assessed on crucial parameters that are critical for any typical economic unit to achieve sustainable export growth. The Index would be a helpful guide for the state governments to benchmark regional performance with respect to export promotion and thus deliver key policy insights on how to improve and enhance the same.

This edition of EPI has shown that most Indian states performed well on average across the sub-pillars of Exports Diversification, Transport Connectivity and Infrastructure. The average score of Indian states in these three sub-pillars was above 50 per cent. It also says, overall, most of the Coastal States are the best performers. Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu occupy the top three ranks.

Six of eight coastal states feature in the top ten rankings, indicating the presence of strong enabling and facilitating factors to promote exports. In the landlocked states, Rajasthan has performed the best, and it was followed by Telangana and Haryana. Among the Himalayan states, Uttarakhand is the highest, followed by Tripura and Himachal Pradesh. Across the Union Territories, Delhi has performed the best, followed by Goa and Chandigarh.

It said, even emerging states can undertake dynamic export policy measures, have functioning promotional councils, and synchronize with national logistical plans to grow their exports. Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are two landlocked states that had initiated several measures to promote exports. Other states facing similar socio-economic challenges can look at the measures taken by Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and try to implement them to grow their exports.

NITI Aayog said, to achieve the target of making India a developed economy by focusing on 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', there is a need to increase exports from all the States and Union Territories.

The final framework of the EPI was based on essential feedback from states, UTs and organizations like EXIM Bank, IIFT and DGCIS. The data has been primarily provided by state governments. For some of the indicators, RBI, DGCIS and Central ministries were consulted.

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