With the aim of boosting the state’s exports, the World Trade Centre (WTC), Goa, organized an interactive session, Goan Exports: Mapping a Way Forward with Akshay Potekar, deputy director, directorate of industry trade and commerce, Goa.
The session revealed host of problems faced by exporters, such as lack of skilled manpower, inadequate electricity, absence of an ancillary manufacturer’s hub as well as unavailability of good sea gateway for exports. The challenges faced by small exporters relate to the non availability of “share a container facility”, packing facilities and absence of a dedicated cargo hub.
Potekar urged participants to air their views freely as it would help the government in formulating a successful export strategy. The seminar had participants giving suggestions on clearing the road blocks. It was suggested that industry and technical institutes could collaborate to provide training to improve the quality of local manpower. Solar and wind power was suggested as possible solutions to the chronic power shortages. Similarly, exporters asked for the setting up of a logistics hub that could benefit the small exporters with convenient location, packaging facilities, good warehousing facility, quality testing laboratories and quick custom clearance procedures. Exporters also called for better promotion measures through exposure in international magazines, website and other platforms like trade exhibitions and road shows.
Earlier, Cyril Desouza, assistant director, trade promotion, WTC- Goa in his welcome address highlighted the role of the WTC in facilitating and promoting international trade. He also offered all the help for implementing an effective strategy to increase exports from the state.