The standing commitee on Export Promotion for the North Eastern Region in its first meeting held here on Feb 7. has recommended commissioning of study about the probable “nontraditional” exportable items in the Region which may fund foreign and domestic Market.

The meeting also recommended that all the Lead Banks Operating in the North East should Open foreign Exchange counters in all State Head-quarters of the region and suggested the setting up of a regional office for F.P.O; (fruit Processed Order) in this region for the benefit of the local producers.

The other recommendations of the Committtee included the formation of an export coscriums of SSI for promotion of small scale products, setting up of a centre with technical staff, machinery and equipment for providing facilities for all manufacturing units, reduction of the existing a freght on agro-hosti cultural products of the region and setting up of branch officers under one roof by export organisations like T.D.A., I.I.F. T., D.G., T.D., and Export Promotion Council in the North Eastern Region.

In his presidential address, the NEC Secy., Mr. P.H. Drivedi underscored the need for establishing proper linkages of the traders of this region with those established at national level having access to foreign markets.

He also suggested need for proper studies regarding the possibility of border traders with neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and Burma.

Mr. N.P. -Nawani, Planning Officer NEC, referred to the background of the cane and bamboo works of Tripura had caught the imagination of the sophisticated buyers.

Mr. V. K Kohli, the Industries Secretary, Meghalaya said that efforts should be made to prepare realistic investor of likely export items which may be acceptable to the foreign buyers.

Mr. P C. Patnaik, managing Director of NEITCO dwelt on the necessity of facilities like customs cerance and export permit.

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