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Pharma exports in 2021-22 sustain a positive growth despite global trade disruptions

Newdelhi:1/5/22:Indian pharma exports witnessed a growth of 103% since 2013-14, from Rs. 90, 415 Crores in 2013-14 to Rs. 1,83,422 Crores in 2021-22.  The exports achieved in 2021-22 is the Pharma Sector’s best export performance ever.  It is a remarkable growth with exports growing by almost USD 10 billion in 8 years.

Highlighting the achievement in a tweet, the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal said that Under the active leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi India has been serving as the ‘pharmacy of the world’.

Building on the outstanding performance in the previous FY 2020-21, Indian pharma exports once again registered a healthy performance in 2021-22.  The pharma exports in 2021-22 sustained a positive growth despite the global trade disruptions and drop in demand for COVID-related medicines. The trade balance continues to be in India’s favor, with a surplus of USD 15175.81 Million.

Indian pharma companies enabled by their price competitiveness and good quality, have made global mark, with 60 percent of the world’s vaccines and 20% of generic medicines coming from India.

India ranks 3rd worldwide for production by volume and 14th by value. Behind India’s pharma success story are our world-class manufacturing excellence, robust infrastructure, cost-competitiveness, trained human capital, and innovation. The current market size of the Indian pharmaceutical industry is around USD 50 billion.

The share of pharmaceuticals and drugs in our global exports is 5.92%. Formulations and biologicals continue to account for a major share of 73.31% of our total exports, followed by Bulk drugs and drug intermediates with exports of USD 4437.64 million. India’s top 5 pharma export destinations are USA, UK, South Africa, Russia, and Nigeria.

It is also noteworthy that around 55 % of our pharma exports cater to highly regulated markets. Indian pharma companies have a substantial share in the prescription market in the US and EU.  The largest number of FDA-approved plants outside the US is in India.

Even in the year, 2020-21, Indian drugs and pharmaceuticals had registered a sharp growth amid the COVID despair, achieving export of USD 24.4 Bn with a YoY growth of 18%.

The extraordinary export growth in 2020-21 was achieved braving the frequent lockdowns, global supply chain disruptions and the depressed manufacturing sector. Indian pharma industry played a pivotal role in fighting against the COVID pandemic and demonstrating to the world that we continue to be a reliable and dependent partner when it comes to dealing with a global health crisis.

Indian vaccine industry developed the Covid vaccine with indigenous technology in collaboration with India’s research institutions like ICMR and NIV within the shortest time on par with highly developed countries like America and EU.  India provided 115million doses of vaccines to more than 97 countries.

As part of the trade agreements, India also signed a cooperation agreement with UAE and   Australia which will give enhanced access to Indian pharma products in these markets.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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