JAIPUR: The Government has encouraged Indian manufacturers to create value chains with four South Asian countries to leverage the benefits doled out by the US and EU to the exporters of less developed countries.
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam or CLMV countries get benefits under Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for developing countries under which imports are allowed at zero or less duty.
"If Indian manufacturers setup businesses in Myanmar, they will get GSP benefits to export in the EU and US," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the Fourth India-CLMV Business Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce and Confederation of Indian Industry here.
This is especially important for the textile sector. Many LDCS import cotton yarn from India and use it as an input for textile products which they later export to the US and EU. By setting some part of textile manufacturing outside India, domestic manufacturers will be able to get the export benefits and also create a value chain since they would import the yarn from India. Moreover, developed countries have been threatening India to end preferential tariffs because of its rising share in world exports.
The Minister added that the move would be fast tracked with the CII opening offices in Myanmar and Vietnam.
The CLMV region grew an average rate of 7.1% in 2015 compared with the ASEAN's average of 4.8%. The CLMV are a part of ASEAN bloc with which India already has a free trade agreement and negotiating a broader Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement that spans across 16 countries.
In the last ten years, India's total trade with the CLMV countries has grown more than sevenfold from $1.4 billion in 2005 to $10.3 billion in 2015.