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Measures to boost exports likely this week

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 23, 2012
First Published: 23:10 IST(23/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:12 IST(23/12/2012)

The government is likely to announce a set of measures this week to boost exports as orders from Europe, hit by sovereign debt worries and a wobbly political situation, shrank.

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India’s exports from April-November 2012 stood at $ 189.2 billion showing a decline of (-) 5.9%. Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma , who met industry leaders on Friday,  indicated that measures to support exporters will be announced as early as Monday.

Poor shipment orders have meant that exporters haven’t been able to reap the advantage of the weakening rupee, which has slid to a record low.

A persistently weak rupee, however, has made imports costlier, widening the trade and current account deficits — a worrying sign for an economy that is slowing. Imports declined by 7.61% in July.

The Indian economy, which grew by 5.4% during April to September is headed for this worst record since 2002-03 when it grew by less than 5%.

Weakening export orders and sluggish output also dragged down Indian manufacturing growth.

The government plans to hold the first meeting of the Manufacturing Industry Promotion Board in the near future to review the state of this very critical sector as well as the progress in the implementation of the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP).

“On the foreign investment front, we have taken concrete measures and opened up FDI policy in Multi-brand retail up to 51% while stipulating that at least half of the investment will go for creating backend infrastructure,” Sharma said.

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