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The Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar releasing the report on Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020, in New Delhi on August 26, 2020. The CEO, NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant and other dignitaries are also seen.

NITI Aayog releases report on Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020

New Delhi:26/8/20:NITI Aayog in partnership with the Institute of Competitiveness released the Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020 today. The first report to examine export preparedness and performance of Indian states, EPI intends to identify challenges and opportunities; enhance the effectiveness of government policiesand encourage a facilitative regulatory framework.

The structure of the EPI includes 4 pillars –Policy; Business Ecosystem; Export Ecosystem; Export Performance – and 11 sub-pillars –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.

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

Overall, most of the Coastal States are the best performers. Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu occupy the top three ranks, respectively. 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, 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.

There is a need to emphasize on key strategies to address these challenges: a joint development of export infrastructure; strengthening industry-academia linkages and creating state-level engagements for economic diplomacy. These strategies could be supported by revamped designs and standards for local products and by harnessing the innovating tendencies to provide new use cases for such products, with adequate support from the Centre.

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 EPI provides invaluable insights into how states can attain this goal.

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.

Framework

 

The 4 pillars and the rationale behind selection of each of them are given below:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 Access the Report here:

https://niti.gov.in/sites/default/files/2020-08/Digital_ExportPreparednessIndex2020_0.pdf

Below is the link of the Launch event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQlW73yV4lY

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