Generating awareness among Indian exporters

The Export Controls Workshop was organised in Kolkata by the ICC in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on March 6. Addressing the occasion, Indra Mani Pandey, IAS Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, GOI said, "Government of India is aiming to increase the export of sensitive goods and technologies while abiding by its non-proliferation commitments."

India has been committed to non-proliferation of sensitive and dual use materials, equipment and technologies. And also updating its export control SCOMET (special chemicals, organisms, materials, equipment and technologies) list with recent changes introduced by various multilateral export control regimes that India is part of.

Hence the MEA has been organising workshops to generate awareness and outreach activities among Indian exporters along with DGFT.

Anindita Sengupta, Additional DGFT, Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry elaborated the purpose of the workshop which was the first one in Eastern India among the series of workshops that will be held in future. In a move to sensitise the industry, she stated that exporters must have clear knowledge whether their items of export are in the ambit of SCOMET and if they are then what need to be done so they don't reach the wrong hands.

A video titled "Internal Compliance Programme for Effective Export Controls" was launched during the workshop.

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