Papum Pare DC finalizes District Export Action Plan (DEAP); Effort to promote the district as an “export hub”
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Papum Pare – Sachin Rana on Thursday convened a consultative meeting of the District Export Promotion Committee (DEPC), to finalize the District Export Action Plan (DEAP) – effort to transform the district into an ‘Export Centre’.
Recently, the district of Papum Pare was selected by the center as part of its “District as Export Hub” program. It aimed to mobilize 75 districts (during the first phase) to realize its potential as an export hub.
Under the initiative, support could be provided in the form of infrastructure and logistics, e-commerce, marketing, branding, skills development, training, testing facilities, research and development (R&D)/technology advancement, export promotion and outreach activities.
Rana noted that exposure to well-known export companies, interactions with relevant stakeholders, and a thorough understanding of export regulations are ways to learn more about export business.
He called on progressive farmers and entrepreneurs to work with the government; and urged DEPC members to commit to the project.
Furthermore, Deputy Director of General Directorate of Foreign Trade – Arjun Upadhya gave a brief overview of the concept of “district as an export hub” and mentioned that the initiative will be based on a 5-year program with adequate funds allocated to each district.
District Business Development Officer – Tai Arun informed that the export action plan calls for the establishment of an import-export cell at the DC office in Yupia and joint facility centers like Naharlagun and Donyi Polo railway station, as well as export-related centres. training and discovery tours, buyer-seller meetings, development of e-Bazaars and e-Markets for the promotion and marketing of locally grown agro-horticultural products, etc.
Meanwhile, Business Development Manager of APEDA Guwahati, Dr. Saju Adhikary urged progressive farmers and entrepreneurs to obtain registration and membership certificates and enjoy the benefits of APEDA.
In addition to relevant topics, the meeting also covered issues such as logistics support, cold storage and packaging facilities, testing laboratories, documentation and certification.