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INDIA’S EXPORTS TO TANZANIA UP BY 30%
TANZANIAN INDUSTRY MINISTER MEETS RAMAN SINGH
New Delhi: April 30, 2002
India is keen to significantly enhance trade with Tanzania in particular and the Sub-Saharan African region
in general. An Integrated programme "Focus: Africa" has been launched in the current EXIM Policy and
Tanzania is the one of the seven countries identified to give a boost to the bilateral trade. Dr.Raman Singh,
Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, indicated this in a meeting with Ms. Rita Mlaki, Deputy
Minister of Trade & Industry of Tanzania, here yesterday. Dr. Singh said that both the countries should
work together to increase the bilateral trade with identifying new areas of cooperation.
Dr. Singh pointed out that cooperation in drugs and pharmaceuticals sector would be immensely beneficial
for both countries and India would like to assist Tanzania in supplying drugs and pharmaceuticals,
diagnostic medical instruments. The Minister also referred to Information Technology as a sector of focus
in which India has made tremendous progress and asked the visiting Minister to take benefit of India’s
capabilities in this sector. The Tanzanian Minister informed about the recent policies in her country to
attract investment. Both the leaders exchanged views to cooperate in increasing the bilateral trade from the
current level.
India’s trade with Tanzania stood at Rs.735.32 Crore (US$ 160.95 Mn) in 2000-2001. The exports
increased by 30.56% during 2000-01 to Rs.463.81 Crore (US$ 101.52 Mn). The imports showed a decline
of 49.67% to Rs.271.51 Crore (US$ 59.43 Mn) during the same period. The main items imported by India
are Cashew nuts, Pearls, Precious/Semi-precious stones, Cotton Raw & Waste, whereas the items of exports
include drugs and pharmaceuticals, cotton yarn and fabrics, machinery and instruments and transport
equipment etc.
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TRADE WITH SAARC COUNTRIES UP BY 43%
New Delhi: 30 April, 2002
India’s trade with SAARC Countries has increased by 43.18% from Rs.7510.20 crore during 1999-2000 to
Rs.10, 753.53 crore during the year 2000-2001. During the financial year 2001-2002 (April-December)

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India’s trade with SAARC region has increased to Rs.9104.44 crore from Rs.7490.24 crore during the
corresponding period previous year, showing an increase of 21.55%. The imports from SAARC countries
have increased to Rs.2092.97 crore during the April-December period in 2001-2002 from Rs.1411.10 crore
during the corresponding period in 2000-2001. This information was given by Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy,
Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in a written reply in Lok Sabha last week.
India has entered into bilateral trade arrangements with all countries in the South Asia region except
Pakistan. The countries in the South Asia are given special incentives to participate in the annual India
International Trade Fair in New Delhi to make them aware of the Indian export potential.
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ALL PARTY DELEGATION OF ASSAM MEETS MARAN
New Delhi: April 29, 2002
A high-level delegation of all parties from the State of Assam called on Shri Murasoli Maran, Union
Minister of Commerce & Industry, here today and submitted a memorandum listing out the problems of tea
industry. The delegation requested shifting of the Head Offices of the tea companies from Kolkata to Assam
as also shifting of the office of Tea Board of India from Kolkata to Guwahati. The Assam Legislative
Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution on April 2, 2002 reiterating this demand. The 17-member
delegation was led by Shri Prithibi Majhi, Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, which included 3
Ministers and 14 MLAs. Shri Dipak Chatterjee, Commerce Secretary; Shri V. Govindarajan, Secretary,
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion; and Shri L.V. Saptharishi, Additional Secretary, Department
of Commerce were present at the meeting along with other senior officers.
The delegation pointed out that Assam is the largest tea producing State in India with the production of
451.24 M. Kgs. in 2000 against all India production of 847 M. Kgs. Some of the main problems raised by
the delegation were: fall in price of made tea resulting very low prices for the green tea leaves, fall in
exports of tea, international competition even from smaller and new producing countries such as Kenya and
increase in cost of production.
Shri Maran gave a patient hearing to the representation of the delegation and said that the government is
well aware of the problems being faced by tea industry. The Minister said that the government has been
taking specific steps to promote trade and commerce in the North Eastern region.
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LEATHER EXPORTS LIKELY TO TOUCH US $ 2 BILLION
MARK THIS YEAR
MARAN URGES INDUSTRY TO INVEST ON BRAND PROMOTION TO CARVE LARGER
SHARE OF GLOBAL MARKET
DELHI INTERNATIONAL LEATHER FAIR 2002 INAUGURATED
New Delhi: April 25, 2002
Exports of leather and leather products from India are likely to reach US $ 2 billion (US $ 2000
million) mark this year despite the fact that the world economy has slowed down post-September 11.
This was indicated by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Murasoli Maran, while
inaugurating the 10
th
Delhi International Leather Fair 2002 at Pragati Maidan here today. Exports on
leather and leather products during 2001-2002 (April-January) reach a level of US $ 1644.29 million ($ 1.6
billion) showing a marginal growth of 0.55% over the corresponding period of 2000-2001. Shri Maran
urged the industry to maximise the available facilities and improve its marketing strategies with a
view to carving out larger shares in the global market. "Our leaders of the industry ought to be
prepared to invest on brand promotion and at the same time support the national effort of image
building through innovations in marketing, backed up by quality of production and development of
supply line suited to the specific demand situations", he said. Shri Dipak Chatterjee, Commerce
Secretary; Shri J. Vasudevan, Chairman & Managing Director of India Trade Promotion
Organisation (ITPO); Shri Irshad Mirza, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports (CLE); Shri M
Mohamed Hashim, former Chairman/CLE; and Shri V.K. Shrivastava, Vice-Chairman, CLE were
among those present on the occasion. A number of foreign buyers including German buyers and
media persons are in India in connection with the 4-day Delhi International Leather Fair, which is
being jointly organised by ITPO, CLE, Indian Leather Garments Association (ILGA) and Footwear
Development & Design Institute (FDDI). The visit of the German group has been jointly organised
by the Indo-German Export Promotion Project (IGEP) and the DILF organisation committee. The
major buyers in the visiting German delegation include Mr. Karlheinz dehmer of major shoe buying agency
Nord-West Ring in Germany and Mr. Robert Romtesch of Montes Gmbh, which is a sourcing agency for
leather garments.
The Minister announced that Planning Commission had agreed for almost 100-fold increase in allocation
for the leather sector during the 10
th
Plan period compared to the 9
th
plan allocation. For 2002-2003, an
allocation of Rs.64 crore had been approved, which was 5 times of the size of entire 9
th
plan allocation,
clearly reflecting the importance the government attached to the leather sector. While listing out the series
of steps announced by the government in the New Exim Policy (2002-2007) to reduce transaction
costs, Shri Maran also urged the leather industry to make full use of the Market Access Initiative
Scheme launched by the government by planning comprehensive projects with a focussed approach
to export marketing. He indicated that further initiatives announced in this area include "setting up of
"Business Centre" in Indian missions abroad for visiting Indian exporters/businessmen; ITPO portal to host
a permanent virtual exhibition of Indian export products; Focus: LAC (Latin American Countries) was
launched in November, 1997 in order to accelerate our trade with LAC. This has been a great success. To
consolidate the gains of this programme, programme has been extended upto March 2003; and Focus:
Africa – there is a tremendous potential for trade with the sub-Saharan African region. During 2000-2001,
India’s total trade with sub-Saharan African region was US $ 3.3 billion. Out of this, our exports accounted
for US $ 1.8 billion and our imports were US $ 1.5 billion. The first phase of the Focus: Africa programme

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