New Delhi: Ahead of the new foreign trade policy, likely to be announced next month, the government has named commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma as chairman of the Board of Trade, a post last held by industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla.
The Board is the government’s highest advisory body on export- and import-related issues.
“The commerce and industry minister will be the chairman of the Board ofTrade (BOT),” the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
The BoT advises the government on policy measures for preparing and implementing both short- and long-term plans for increasing exports in the light of emerging national and international economic situations.
India’s exports are on the downslide since October 2008 as the country became a victim of demand slump in the major economies including in the US and the European Union.
Among others, the secretary in the departments of commerce and revenue and ministries of external affairs and textiles are members of the Board, which meets at least once every quarter.
The president or secretary-general of national chambers of commerce such as the Federation of Indian Export Organizations, Confederation of Indian Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Assocham are ex-offico members of the BoT.