27 DEC,2020 | MEDC
The turbulence in world trade caused by Covid since almost a year now has affected India’s external sector. Both imports and exports have suffered an overall decline since March. Most stakeholders maintain that timely assistance from the government including prompt GST refunds, cheap credit, a new dynamic incentive scheme replacing the older ones, and a responsive foreign trade policy is necessary to overcome this downturn. The challenge facing the government is to design the new foreign trade policy in a way that it provides the right climate to exporters to increase their business, without extending direct export sops which could be a drag on the exchequer. Much also depends on the resilience shown by the global economy in emerging out of this Covid-induced crisis in the coming year, and the success of the vaccine being rolled out in several parts of the world to control the pandemic.
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