Plans to increase the number of export cells are afoot in West Bengal with the state government deciding to take proactive measures to boost entrepreneurship among the young investors. This will entail the setting up of export cells across the state. The government will avail the services of West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) to manage these cells. The WBIDC will be functioning on this project under the aegis of Commerce and Industries department and MSME department.
The proposed Export Cells that will be set up by the government are intended to generate awareness and disseminate information on how to start own businesses and the procedural requirements that needed to be fulfilled. District industry centres have been earmarked for housing these cells.
The export cells will use the expertise of officials from the Commerce & Industries department to address and resolve queries from people who require guidance in setting up start-up ventures. The queries addressed will include details about government schemes available, regulations and procedures to be adhered to, eligibility and facilitation of loans, and documentation that needs to be complied with among other things. The officials disseminating information will be receiving periodical training for the purpose.
The support for this initiative of the state government found emphasis in Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee’s recent interaction with foreign delegates at an MSME Conclave, when she announced her plans to visit Germany in the near future. The chief minister elaborately spoke about the steps that needed to be taken to enhance global presence of the state’s MSME sector, in her interaction with the foreign delegates present at the conclave.
The conclave was well-attended by members of the exporters’ community from the state. The West Bengal MSME and Textile minister stressed the need for creation of proper supply chains that facilitated on-time delivery and product quality.