India set to meet USD 2-tn export target, says Union Minister Anupriya Patel

India’s first export-focused plastics exhibition Plexconnect 2023 takes off. The three-day event organised by Plastics Exports Promotion Council (Plexconcil) kick starts in Mumbai, with 400 international buyers from 51 countries joining, while the government reiterates its commitment to boosting MSMEs exports.

16 Jun 2023 | By Abhay Avadhani

Ribbon cutting by chief guest, Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Commerce & Industry

The expo witnessed 4,000 footfalls on day one with traders and exporters. Plexconnect 2023 is also hosting participation of State Pavilions from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Over 400 global buyers from 51 countries have been invited under the Department of Commerce MAI scheme to network and conduct business at a dedicated Reverse Buyer Seller Meet that will be held during the three-day event.

Describing the plastics industry as one of the fastest growing sectors, Union Minister of State for Commerce, Anupriya Patel said that India has emerged as a major hub for the world to source their requirements. Speaking at the inaugural, Patel expressed the confidence that the country would achieve the target of 2 billion-dollar exports as the nation turns into a 5 trillion-dollar economy.

She noted that India has today become the supplier of good quality raw material and the finished products while the new foreign trade policy allows exporters to expand their global footprint. Santosh Sarangi (IAS), additional secretary and director, General of Foreign Trade, who was the guest of honour said, “India focuses on the concept of recycling and reusing to drive sustainable development and also become a major circular economy. The FTA negotiations, which are in progress with several countries, should help boost exports”.

The buyers have been shortlisted from nearly 800 registrations received, and this is a testimony to the world’s increasing attention on India as an alternate sourcing hub. “From India, plastics processors are participating at Plexconnect 2023, and the event is expected to receive 10,000 footfalls over the three days,” Plexconcil said.

“With the government’s push for free trade agreements with several countries and the new Foreign Trade Policy, the MSMEs will witness a new era of exports,” said Hemant Minocha, chairman of Plexconcil. “Nearly 90% of the plastics companies fall under MSMEs and they are bound to take advantage of the new business opportunities,” he added.

Minocha said, “I am sure the global plastics industry will prove that they are looking beyond China Plus One opportunity and play a big role in making India a major MSME

Trade delegations from countries, such as Uzbekistan, South Korea, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, and Brazil, are here to explore business opportunities by interacting with Indian exporters. “Plexconcil has geared up its machinery to facilitate close coordination between buyers and sellers at Plexconnect,” Sribash Dasmohapatra, executive director, Plexconcil, said.

The recent signing of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA) with Australia, and the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CEPA) with the UAE, are bound to be harbingers of increased role for the Indian plastics industry in international trade. “We are keenly looking forward to many more such agreements in the near future,” Dasmohapatra said.

The council has been in contact with over 100 foreign missions, coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), to create buyer interest from their respective countries.
India’s plastics export has grown at a CAGR of 6.1% in the last five years and Plexconcil plans to double exports to reach USD 25 billion by 2027. India currently exports plastics goods to over 200 countries globally, including the United States, China, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Germany, Nepal, Italy, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia.

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