New Delhi [India]Jan 21 (ANI): Union Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal called on the shoe industry to focus on quality and reduce reliance on imports to capture a larger share of the international market.
The Minister emphasized that Quality Control Orders (QCO) for leather and non-leather footwear will be implemented from 1 July 2023. He addressed a gathering of more than 100 industrialists engaged in sports shoe manufacturing in India Friday night in New Delhi.
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He reiterated that BIS standards must be followed for better quality and higher production, which eventually leads to good quality products for consumers.
The Minister said that if substantial facts/data were provided by industry stakeholders regarding under-invoicing and under-valuation of imports, the government would take action. Goyal said that high-quality, large-capacity production in the sector is the need of the hour. He added that business practices should be improved for the betterment of the footwear industry.
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The Minister expressed concern about the importation of low-quality, low-cost raw materials and said the trend needed to be addressed. Goyal also stressed that the dependence on imported machinery should be reduced and domestic machinery manufacturers should be encouraged. He said we need to look at how we encourage component production in India. The Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) will also support in this regard, he said.
Goyal urged players in the shoe industry to strive to assess the quality and standards expected by the consumer. “The improvement in quality will help gain importance in the global market,” he said. He asked the major manufacturers in India to assess the trends of the countries with the largest global share of exports. He also called on shoe manufacturers to make the best use of the free trade agreements (FTAs) that India had signed. He added that India’s Leather and Footwear Development Program needed to be reviewed.
The Minister said that the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and FDDI will set up testing facilities in the industrial clusters. He suggested that the creation of Common Facilities Centers for molding and design can be encouraged with the support of FDDI. He noted that the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme was also being considered to create large capacities and promote economies of scale. The Minister also said that the Department of Domestic Trade and Industry Promotion (DPIIT) officials and industry representatives should study international quality best practices so that they can be implemented in India. (AND ME)
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