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We Can Look At More Than $10 Billion Leather Exports Target By 2025: Piyush Goyal

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Port Wings News Network:

Council for leather Exports (CLE) organised  the CLE National Export Excellence Award function in New Delhi on 17 November 2021 . Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Textiles was chief guest of the award ceremony and Smt. Anupriya Patel was Guest of the honour.

The awards were presented under various product segments covered under the leather and footwear sector of the country to recognise the exceptional performance.

Addressing the National Export Excellence Awards presentation ceremony of the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), the Minister said that India’s leather industry should aspire to be No.1 in the world.

“I do feel very, very satisfied that you are aspiring to grow to at least $10 billion by 2025, though this still gives you only a growth rate of about 15-17%. Whereas looking at the potential of all of you,… I think we can look at even more ambitious targets,” Shri Goyal said, adding that the Kolhapuri Chappals alone can achieve $1 billion exports target.

Shri Goyal appealed the leather industry to be self-sufficient, ‘AatmaNirbhar’, and not wait for the Government to roll out schemes, give land (at subsidised rates), come out with a PLI. “All of these things, in my humble view, will hold back your progress.”

He assured Government will help the leather industry achieve the goals by setting up BIS Standards laboratories in close proximity to leather clusters.

“Your industry has been at the forefront of innovation, high quality products, design, good recognition in export, world markets,” said Shri Goyal.

Shri Goyal said India’s leather industry has the “competitive and comparative advantages” when compared to the rest of the world and aim to make ‘Made in India’ brand the hallmark of excellence.

“I think a lot of (high quality) produce does get made in India but is sold to the high mark-ups across the world through the branding exercises of some of these companies.”

Smt Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry stated that leather has been a priority sector for the Government and is a sector with a huge employment potential, with a large women workforce. The Minister stated that the leather industry has undergone significant transformation and is a leading exporter of value-added products. The Minister stated that the world is looking at India as a major manufacturing hub and we need to tap this huge potential and concentrate on innovation, product diversification and design development to achieve higher export growth.

Shri Sanjay Leekha, Chairman CLE stating that the leather industry is committed to achieve the export target of USD 5.89 billion set by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry this year and looks to achieve the export of USD `10 billion (from USD 5.09 billion in 2019-20) and also domestic industry turnover of USD 20 billion (from present turnover of USD 12 billion) by 2025. Shri Leekha requested the support of the Government in achieving the envisaged targets by extending the Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) to the leather sector and also considering a leather park scheme similar to the Textile Park Scheme to the leather sector. Shri Leekha also sought reinstatement of import duty exemption on wet blue, crust and finished leathers.

Shri RK Jalan, Vice-Chairman CLE thanked both the Ministers for their support and congratulated all award winners.

The Council for Leather Exports (popularly known as CLE), Sponsored by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, is the apex body of the 3500 member rapidly growing Indian leather Industry. CLE’s activities are multiple and directed towards assisting its members in extending their global reach thereby increasing their exports. CLE caters to the needs of the leather, leather product and footwear exporters and serves as a connecting bridge between the exporters and buyers all over the world.

CLE’s status as the apex Leather Export Promotion Organization in India also calls for its active involvement with the Central and State Governments in the evolution of suitable action plans and formulation and dissemination of pro-active Government policies to promote Indian leather& Footwear exports as well as the infrastructure and fiscal support available to exporters. In this whole exercise of promoting exports, CLE works closely with its members and Government departments in having their individual and collective problems and difficulties resolved.

About National Export Excellence Awards:

CLE gives away national export excellence award every year to recognise the exceptional performance of the member exporters in the export sector during the financial year. Following are the categories under which CLE recognises the excellence of exporters:

1.Overall category: under this 3 awardees are chosen by the export award committee based on their export performance during the financial year. For the FY 2019-20 M/s Feng Tay India, Tamil Nadu is considered for the first place while M/s Farida Group, Chennai and M/s K.H. Exports India (P) Ltd, Chennai are considered for the 2nd & 3rd place respectively. Similarly for the FY 2020-21 the same companies have been considered with the same place of 1st, 2nd & 3rd position.

2.Export Turnover wise Other than this, there are 9 product panels under leather & footwear sector of country viz. Finished leather, Leather Goods, Leather Garments, Leather Footwear, Non-Leather footwear, Industrial Leather Gloves, Saddlery & Harness, Footwear Components & Fashion/Sports Leather Gloves for which National Export Award is given based on the export value categories of Rs. 300 cr & Above, Rs. 300 cr to 200 cr , Rs. 200 cr to 100 cr and upto Rs. 100 cr

3.Women Entrepreneur of the Year CLE also recognise the exceptional contribution of the members especially of the women entrepreneur by declaring “women entrepreneur of the year” who have done exceptionally well during the year and served to the country. Women entrepreneurs are selected on the basis predefined criterion.

4.Brand promotion: In order to promote and recognise the newly developed brands of the member exporters CLE gives every years awards to successful brands of leather and footwear sectro. Under this category members who have taken special initiatives to create and promote international brand are being recognized every year.

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