OMAR ABDULLAH URGES GLASS MANUFACTURERSTOENHANCE PRODUCT, MARKET DIVERSIFICATION
Date : 19 Jan 2001
Location : New Delhi
While expressing his happiness over the fact that exports of glass and glassware from the country had gone up by nearly three times in the last six years, Shri Omar Abdullah, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, has urged the glass manufacturers to initiate steps to enhance product and market diversification so as to further tap the ever expanding world market. Delivering his inaugural address at the Glass India 2001 Exhibition & Conference organised by the All India Glass Manufacturers’ Association here today, the Minister also underlined the need for creating an awareness and market acceptability for Indian brand name. For the purpose, the government on its part has been providing assistance to exporters through various export promotion councils, he said. Exports of glass & glassware have increased from a level of Rs 160.85 crore in 1993-94 to Rs. 467.50 crore in 1999-2000. While appreciating the problems being faced by the Indian glass industry, Shri Abdullah assured the Federation that in resolving specific export related problems it would have the full cooperation of the Department of Commerce.
The Minister reiterated that the government was committed to taking all possible measures to sustain and increase the growth of India’s international trade. The government, he said, was devoted to removing all the bottlenecks and constraints facing the India exporters. However, he cautioned, that the export front being a highly competitive field, the industry could not afford to be complacent. Calling upon the glass industry to gear up for competition in the globalised trading system, Shri Abdullah said that keeping ahead of the race and exploring the full potential of this sector as a foreign exchange earner would be main challenge for the industry in the days to come.