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Government looks to rope in states for export boost Government looks to rope in states for export boost

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NEW DELHI: The government is looking to get states on board to push exports and will soon set up a Trade Facilitation Council. Separately, it is expected to flag the issue of taxation and trade policies in states at a meeting with state government officials on Wednesday.

The proposed council will be headed by commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman and secretaries of key ministries and state ministers will be the members. "The real work happens in states. We are setting up this council. We will also ask and encourage them to formulate their own State Trade Policy," a senior government official said.

The official added that the Centre also intends to take up issues related to infrastructure, local taxation, refund of local and state levies and the regulatory environment during the meeting with the states on Wednesday.

"We will also look at several other issues. What is that holding states back (on trade front)? There are infrastructure and governance issues in states. Every state needs to look at that. We are also looking at local taxation issues particularly where refund of taxes is involved," the official said.

The commerce ministry is also working on other measures including segregation of state-wise exports data.

"The idea of tomorrow's meeting is to see where the shoe is pinching. The ministry will ask what they need to do," the official added. Seeking to involve states for promoting exports, the commerce department had asked them to appoint commissioners and prepare export strategy. As many as 21 states have appointed export commissioners, while 14 states including Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have framed strategies for outward shipments.

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