Bhubaneswar: Inaugurating the State Export Award Ceremony-2021 today, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his immense pleasure saying that the export from the State has increased 55 percent in spite of the pandemic pangs.
In his key note address, Naveen said, “I’m glad that despite the adverse situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic, export from the State in the current financial year up to November has registered 55 percent increase over the export value corresponding to the same period in last financial year.”
“This is an outstanding achievement by the exporters of Odisha despite global recession and stiff international competition. I congratulate the exporting community of the State for this remarkable feat and hope this upward trend will continue in the coming years,” the Chief Minister remarked.
He added, “I’m also happy to know that district level export promotion committee has been constituted in each district to facilitate export of local products. There are many local MSME products which have the potential to compete in the global market.”
“Time is not far off when the departmental stores in Europe and America will be studded with products made by our Women Self Help Groups from Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Malkangiri,” stated Naveen optimistically.
He stressed, “Quality of products is an essential factor for boosting export. We must think of world-class standard while considering the quality aspect of a product or a service.”
Emphasizing that export plays a vital role in the economic growth of any State, the Chief Minister said, “Odisha has a magnificent history of overseas trade and commerce. The legends of ‘Sadhaba Pua’ of Kalinga venturing into overseas markets to promote our merchandise continue to inspire us to regain our past glory.”
Reiterating that his Government is striving to create a conducive atmosphere to promote export through greater ease of doing business, implementation of 5T mechanism, infrastructure support and facilities for quality standardization, Naveen averred, “We are among the top five States in the Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2020 released by the Niti Aayog. Our efforts to promote exports are paying off in boosting our export turnover consistently.”
Congratulating the winners of the State Export Award and also expressing his best wishes to all the exporters for their efforts, the Chief Minister exhorted, “Together we can make Odisha an export hub of the country.”
Speaking on the occasion, Industry & MSME Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra said that Odisha has excellent potential to become a major exporting State in the country because of its natural resources, locations and advantages.
Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Development Commissioner P.K. Jena and Agriculture Production Commissioner R.K. Sharma gave away the awards to the exporters on behalf of the Chief Minister for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Total 26 exporters of Odisha were awarded in different categories on this occasion.
While MSME Principal Secretary Satyabrata Sahu gave the welcome address, Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) P.K. Pandian coordinated the meeting.