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Foreign trade a strategic issue: Prabhu


Agencies, New Delhi Stating that foreign trade was a strategic issue for the country, Commerce Minister Mr Suresh Prabhu on Thursday urged the port officers to reorient their thinking to be a facilitator and not a regulator. Addressing the regional officers and port officers of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) here on concluding day of the two-day meeting, Mr Prabhu said foreign trade not only benefits the domestic economy but also the country with global trade. The Minister stressed the need for greater engagement of regional officers with the state governments in order to boost exports. He also urged DGFT to set up a committee headed by the chief secretary of states on all export promotion issues, including logistics. The Minister further added that officers of DGFT in the regions should identify districts with potential to export unique products and those officers who are able to fulfill their targets will be rewarded. He urged DGFT to organize regular orientation programmes for employees at all levels so that they are aligned to the mission of DGFT to serve exporters of the country.

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