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Strengthen ECGC to boost export finance: Sitharaman

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday pitched for adequate headroom to ECGC so as to promote export finance, saying she will raise the issue with the Finance Ministry as well as the Reserve Bank. Citing an estimate by Asian Development Bank, she said exports from India suffer due to unmet trade finance needs of as much as USD 300 billion. 

“We shall take the issues of ECGC with the Finance Ministry to further strengthen it and will also negotiate with RBI so that greater room is given to ECGC because it cannot be too much regulated,” she said here at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC). At this crucial time, said Sitharaman, the government needs to support exporters to explore newer markets. 

“We cannot tie their (ECGC) hands in the back... we need to support the ECGC and strengthen the organisation so that it gets the flexibility to operate,” she added. ECGC, wholly-owned by the central government, was set up with the objective of promoting exports by providing credit risk insurance and related services. ECGC requires a proper space and headroom so that it can have the flexibility to support greater institutions of exports, Sitharaman said.
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