Kolkata government to boost MSME export

The state Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and has identified ten sectors with good export potential.

The IIFT will provide expert training in these sectors, with the aim to boost MSME exports.

The department has plans to impart the expert training of IIFT to 100 entrepreneurs in a year, following which the department will give them six-month handholding support so that they can do some serious export on their own.

The Mamta Banerjee government is taking significant measures for the promotion of MSME exports from Bengal.

The sectors that have been identified to have good potential include Jute, Foundry, Zari and leather to name a few.

A senior official of MSME department said, “We have been providing district-wise training to the entrepreneurs in association with Federation of India Export Organisations (FIEO) for value addition to the products according to the changing market demand. From there, we will be selecting 25 entrepreneurs for a three-day residential training programme to be conducted by IIFT. The first batch of 25 has already undergone the training”.

The MoU with IIFT was signed at the Digha Business Conclave held on December 11 and 12 in 2019.

One of the officials commented on the same that the department is now laying emphasis not only on expert training but also on packaging. “We are in talks with the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) who will be offering training twice in a month to those associated with the manufacture of handicraft items, terracotta, etc.