To implement the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to convert each district into an export hub as announced by him in his Independence Day Speech in 2019   

District Export Promotion Committees:

As part of this initiative, an institutional mechanism is being set up in each District in the form of District Export Promotion Committees (DEPCs) that may be headed by DM/Collector/DC/District Development Officer of the District and various other stakeholders as its members. The primary function of the DEPC will be to prepare and act on District Specific Export Action Plans in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders from the center, State and the District level.

The preliminary exercise will include an assessment of a district to identify the current export profile, its further potential in the district, quantifiable targets to increase export performance from the District. This involves identifying and promoting products, which are currently being exported from there, and also identifying and promoting new products in the district with export potential. These efforts are to be taken forward through an institutional mechanism to undertake a baseline study across goods and services, to map current export activities and the future potential along with the infrastructure and other constraints and bottlenecks that would need to be addressed to achieve this potential.

All key officers related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fisheries, handicrafts, handlooms and industry in the district and also the Lead Bank Manager will work towards the participation of key Export Promotion Councils, Quality and Technical Standards Bodies, Government of India departments like MSME, Heavy Industry, Revenue and Textiles will be part of the initial meetings. The initial meetings in the identified Districts are being conducted by the DGFT Regional Authorities in collaboration with the District and State Authorities.

The suggestive composition of the DEPC is as under:

Serial No. Official/Department Role
1 Collector/DM/DC/District Development Office/CDO Chairperson
2 Designated DGFT RA Co-Chairperson
3 GM – District Industries Center (DIC) Convener
4 Nominated member from the State Government( Commerce & Industries Department) Member
5 Lead Bank Manager Member
6 Representative - Department of MSME, Govt. of India Member
7 Representative – Sector Specific Export promotion Council Member
8 Representative – Quality & Standards Implementation body Member
9 Representative from District Trade/Commerce Associations Member
10 Sector Specific Ministry in Government of India (Agriculture, Fisheries, plantation boards etc.) Member
11 Sector Specific Ministry of the State Government Member
12 Sectoral Agencies specific to Product identified in each District (NABARD etc.) Member

Role of District Export Promotion Committee (DEPC)

DEPC will focus on the specific actions required to support local exporters / manufacturers in producing exportable products in adequate quantity and with the requisite quality, and reaching potential buyers outside India.The primary function of the DEPC will be to prepare and act on District Specific Export Action Plans in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders from the Center, State and the District.

Effort shall be made by the DEPC in each District to identify the issues of local exporters and industries and take it up with the concerned departments/ministries at the State or Centre for quick resolution. Support in the form of product/sector specific training and development needs of local industries, dissemination of information through outreach activities including buyer-seller meets, trade fairs, workshops etc. shall be provided in each District.

The role/functions of the District Export Promotion Committee broadly includes:

1. Prepare a time-bound, detailed District Export Action strategy / plan for the district to develop as an export hub.

2. Benchmarking baseline export performance of the district, including identification of products and services currently exported with export volumes, destinations etc. and additional products/services with good promise of targeting export markets.

3. Comprehensive analysis of the strength of each district and the gaps in product quality/design, production efficiency/competitiveness, infrastructure, logistics, utilities, enforcement of standards etc. with a view to identifying interventions to enhance export of existing goods and services being exported and achieving the potential available for export of new goods and services.

4. Goods and services being manufactured/produced in the district, identify the export potential of items available in such districts (including GI products).

5. Map the existing trade infrastructure available for thrust sector in the districts.

6. Identify major bottlenecks and challenges hindering export of thrust sector in the districts.

7. Identify thrust Items/GI Products/Agricultural items from export perspective for further in-depth analysis.

8. Identifying training and development needs of District industries and coordination for training with other departments.

9. The exercise will be carried out through interaction with a wide array of district based stakeholders ranging from producers, exporters etc. and relevant stakeholders outside the district also. Towards this end consultation meetings, seminars, workshops may be organized.

10. Entry of all district level data/ information/progress into the portal being developed by DGFT and through the portal activate a virtual engagement/interaction forum for involving evolving and reaching out to all stakeholders in the district, by enabling/facilitating them to come on board.

11. Act as a grievance redressal forumfor exporters and follow up with the concerned Central and State agency.

12. Facilitate in organising buyer-seller meets, exhibitions, trade fairs etc. in the District to encourage the industries to showcase their products to the world.

13. Implementing the District Export Action Plan in a phased manner to ensure the District achieves the targeted export growth.