The Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Anupriya Patel launched the Indian Business Portal – An International Trade Hub for Indian Exporters and Foreign Buyers. FIEO in partnership with GlobalLinker, has designed and developed the “Indian Business Portal”, an International Trade Hub for Indian Exporters and Foreign Buyers. This is a B2B digital marketplace to empower SME exporters, artisans and farmers to identify new markets for their products and grow their sales globally.
Launching the portal the Hon’ble Union Minister Anupriya Patel said, “Indian Business Portal addresses a number of elements which are part of the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and a commitment of this government like digitizing exporters, supporting MSME and encouraging greater exports of products Made in India. It is witnessed during the pandemic, that online platforms such as e-commerce have shown immense potential in supporting millions of businesses to sustain themselves.
Lauding the initiative of FIEO, she said Indian Business Portal will be a big encouragement to Indian Startups, SMEs, Artisans & Farmers (GI Products), and Service providers to take their first step toward the exports. I hope more exporters will engage on the Indian Business Portal and would provide their valued feedback to FIEO.
Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Director General of Foreign Trade, Govt. of India said tech-enabled governance will play a key role in determining India’s growth and competitiveness. The government is focused on paperless, automated processing systems, simple procedures for trade players, online data exchange between departments, digital payments & acknowledgements. Lauding the efforts of FIEO, he said that Progress in technology helps develop the economy and strengthen Indian firms in the competitive global market.
Dr. A Sakthivel, President FIEO said,” FIEO has been championing the cause of Indian exporters and in a digital era, we felt that we could do much more for the exporters and help boost India’s export opportunities through a digital platform solution. Our SMEs are blessed with vast skills, unique product portfolios and diversity. The Indian Business Portal is a B2B digital marketplace to empower SME exporters to identify new markets for their products and grow their sales with new buyers. This portal will focus on promotion of GI products from India, and we urge all artisans and farmers to create their free store and join us as we take this platform abroad. FIEO will promote the marketplace worldwide to help Indian exporters, SMEs and artisans promote their products and services globally.
Dr. Ajay Sahai, Director General & CEO, FIEO said; that FIEO’s vision is to focus on innovation to provide new and value-added services to exporters. Over a period of time, we will seek to build trade corridors with a number of countries for small businesses to trade efficiently through this partnership. The platform will facilitate the enhancement of India’s trade linkages for the International markets. The portal has a diverse product mix i.e Consumer & Lifestyle Products, Industrial Products, Business Services and Geographical Indication (GI) products. This portal holds special value for artisans and farmers’ products dealing in Indian GI and handicraft products. India has about 370 GI-certified products across various categories.
Sameer Vakil, Co-founder & CEO, GlobalLinker, said “FIEO is helping businesses navigate international market opportunities through its wide range of progressive initiatives. Its domain expertise, combined with its partnership with GlobalLinker has led to the creation of the Indian Business Portal, where businesses ranging from artisans to women entrepreneurs and from farmers producing GI products to leading star export houses can create digital catalogues for the world to discover. This digital step will prove to be a giant step in taking India’s exports to even greater heights.
Khalid Khan, Vice President, FIEO proposing the vote of thanks, said that we are grateful to the Hon’ble Minister and DGFT for inaugurating the portal and request participants to give feedback/suggestion to continually enhance the portal with new features and make it more valuable for the industry