EEPC regional office in Bhubaneswar soon

Written by State Bureau | Bhubaneswar, Jul 21 | Updated: Jul 22 2008, 08:00am hrs
With Orissa witnessing a robust industrialisation, the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) has set its sight on the state to add to India's engineering goods export basket. The council, a body of 12,600 exporters, is proposing to set up a regional office in Bhubaneswar and hold training sessions for exporters of the state.

"The state government has responded positively to our proposal for setting up an office in Bhuabeswar", said EEPC regional director (eastern region) Anima Pandey. She said the EEPC was proposing to conduct training classes with faculty from the Indian Foreign Trade Centre, Kolkata.

Pandey, who was here on Monday to discuss participation of Orissa-based exporters in the EEPC-organised Indian Engineering Exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from September 25-27, 2008, and at Shanghai in China from November 4-8, 2008, said Orissa has a great potential for engineering goods exports.

The regional director, who held talks with representatives of National Aluminium Company Ltd, Hindalco, Orissa Mining Corp and Rourkela Steel Plant, said 130 to 140 exporters are expected to participate in the exhibitions in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. She said the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) having a turnover of less than Rs 15 crore would be provided financial incentives up to Rs 1.5 lakh for participation in the exhibitions.

The previous exhibition held in Russia in March 2008 had 138 participators and the footfall was 8000.

Pandey said total export earning in the previous fiscal stood at $33 billion compared with $26 billion in 2006-07.

The total export was valued at $10.8 million in 1956-57 when the EEPC came into being.