Fancy a career in exports? Indian government is offering an export awareness course

Suresh Prabhu at the Board of Trade meeting chaired by himPIB

  • India’s ministry of commerce and industry has launched an online export awareness course to support future exporters.
  • The government also reportedly launched an app dedicated to update exporters on trade practices and share their grievances.
  • The online course is launched in collaboration with Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).
In a bid to boost international trade opportunities for potential exporters in India, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched an export awareness course.

Once the course is complete, candidates will be awarded certificates in export-import management by the government under the ‘Niryat Bandhu Scheme’.

The program titled, 'Anytime-Anywhere,’ is a reportedly a joint effort between the government and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). Commerce and industry minister, Suresh Prabhu reportedly said that the course is aimed at training, mentoring and supporting prospective exporters and traders in India.

Stressing the need for spreading awareness on trade, commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan reportedly said the government has been able to stem decline in exports hurting the Indian market by facilitating trade combined with the growing technology and implementation of goods and services tax (GST).

India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), responsible for fostering the exports sector, is also trying to make the export sector more digital-savvy.

According to Director General, Alok Chaturvedi, the DGFT has reportedly approved to rebuild its entire IT infrastructure to go paperless and attain end-to-end IT enablement. It has also launched a DGFT's mobile app dedicated to trade practices, for a smooth sailing of the process.

The app is designed as a communication platform that will let exporters apply for licences and stay updated on latest trade notices including Foreign Trade Policy and international trade affairs.

According to media reports, India's exports faced a major slowdown in trade in the recent years. However, in the last three years, the country witnessed a slight increase in exports reaching $26.36 billion in January compared to $25.4 billion last year during the same time.

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