NITI Aayog pitches for Chinese-style CEZs to push exports

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 05-05-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: The NITI Aayog has pitched for creating two coastal employment zones on the lines of a Chinese strategy to promote exports and create jobs.

The Aayog in its three-year draft action agenda has suggested that coastal employment zones (CEZs), one on the East Coast and other on the West Coast, should have more liberal and business-friendly economic environment.

“India must replicate Chinese strategy by creating two Coastal Employment Zones, one on the East Coast and other on the West Coast. Limiting the initial number of CEZs to two will ensure that limited resources are not spread thinly over too many zones,” the draft action agenda said.

“Moreover, a focused approach has better chances of capturing agglomeration economies and producing results over a relatively short time,” it added.

The zones would provide a business friendly ecosystem including Ease of Doing Business, especially, ease of export and import, swift decisions on applications for environmental clearances and speedy water and electricity connections.

Apart from conventional infrastructure, the zones would need to create urban spaces to house local resident workforce.

The action agenda emphasised that social subsidies should be reoriented so that the beneficiary becomes economically independent.