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News agree on a time line and conclude it as per the and, therefore, the importance of CEO Forum to agreed time line. provide the required perspective for improvement in bilateral trade and investment. While the Indian The Canadian Trade Minister raised the issue of the fumigation requirement for the side of the CEO Forum has been reconstituted, the pulses being imported into India and the need Canadian side will have to reconstitute the Forum. for a resolution to the issue. The Commerce and It was agreed by the Trade Minister of Canada to Industry Minister assured to look into the issue reconstitute the CEO Forum by the end of March. in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture. Both the Ministers agreed on ensuring that the Smt. Sitharaman also raised the issue of organic business leaders from both sides should meet at the equivalence to India’s National Programme on earliest and provide key inputs for furthering our Organic Production (NPOP) by the Canadian bilateral relationship. Both sides also agreed for better Food Inspection Agency. The Trade Minister mutual cooperation on issues of common interest at from Canada agreed to take up this issue with the the International Fora. Both the Ministers resolved Canadian Agriculture Ministry. to take forward the momentum for enhanced bilateral trade. n Both the Ministers also discussed the potential benefit of business to business interface Launch of Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) ommerce and Industry Minister Smt. testing and certification labs, cold chains, trade Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Trade promotion centres, dry ports, export warehousing CInfrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) and packaging, SEZs and ports/airports cargo th 15 March 2017. Speaking at the event she said terminuses. She said last and first mile connectivity the Scheme is focussed on addressing the needs projects related to export logistics will also be of the exporters. Smt. Sitharaman said the focus is considered. not just to create infrastructure but to make sure it is professionally run and sustained. The Minister About TIES- After delinking of the ASIDE added that there will be an Empowered Committee Scheme in 2015, the State Governments have been to periodically review the progress of the approved consistently requesting the support of the Centre in projects in the Scheme and will take necessary creation of export infrastructure. This support is steps to ensure achievement of the objectives of the imperative to act as an inducement to the States to Scheme. She said the proposals of the implementing channelize funds from their increased devolution agencies for funding will be considered by an towards creation of export infrastructure. The inter ministerial Empowered Committee specially objective of the proposed scheme is to enhance constituted for this Scheme to be chaired by the export competitiveness by bridging gaps in Commerce Secretary. While appraising the project export infrastructure, creating focused export the justification, including the intended benefit in infrastructure, first mile and last mile connectivity terms of addressing the specific export bottlenecks, for export-oriented projects and addressing quality would be evaluated. and certification measures. Commerce Secretary Smt. Rita Teaotia said The Central and State Agencies, including the scheme would provide assistance for setting Export Promotion Councils, Commodities Boards, up and up-gradation of infrastructure projects SEZ Authorities and Apex Trade Bodies recognised with overwhelming export linkages like the under the EXIM policy of Government of India; are Border Haats, Land customs stations, quality eligible for financial support under this scheme. 40 Laghu Udyog Samachar
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