Commerce Minister reviews functioning of the GIFT Special Economic Zone

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GIFT Special Economic Zon
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Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal reviewed the functioning of the GIFT Special Economic Zone and issues with respect to regulatory aspects of operation of SEZ and the office of the DC GIFT in Gujarat.

The Minister interacted with industry representatives at GIFT City.

“Held a fruitful interaction with industry representatives at GIFT City. Discussed benefits of setting up units here. Received excellent suggestions including those on exports promotion and ‘Make in India’ in manufacturing”, Shri Goyal tweeted on the meeting.

The Minister had interactions at the International Bullion Exchange (IIBX) in GIFT City to understand issues with respect to trading of Gold; operationalising the Gold Spot exchange and reducing the cost of gold metal loans for jewellery exporters through Gift IFSC.

“India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX), GIFT City is one of its kind globally. Urged representatives of Jewellery sector to discover competitive prices for gold through IIBX. Also explained how India-UAE CEPA is a huge window of opportunity for them”, he tweeted.

He also issued directions to improve the trading of Gold on the IIBX, including enabling the utilisation of the TRQ on gold obtained in UAE FTA be operated from IIBX.

Shri Goyal met representatives of International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) at GIFT City and resolved various administrative issues with the office of the DC GIFT SEZ and IFSCA.

IFSCA is to participate in periodic review of exports with EPC and exporters done by the Minister to check as to how the IFSC financial infrastructure can be leveraged to increase exports.

“IFSC will be a key driver of economic growth with enhanced Ease Of Doing Business for global investors who will gain from the India growth story”, the Minister tweeted on the meeting.

 

Shri Goyal interacted with various heads of units in GIFT city comprising Bankers, fund managers, derivative exchange management, aviation industry representatives among others and heard their issues with allied offices of C&I, DGFT and SEZ among others.

The Minister also gave directions to Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) to explore whether the Start up ecosystem can benefit from the facilities available at GIFT city.

Earlier in the day, the Minister had interacted with young innovators and startups at i-Hub.

“Spirit of innovation integral to Gujarat and its people. Delighted to interact with young innovators and startups at i-Hub. Shared with them how PM Narendra Modi ji’s out-of-box thinking is paving the road for India’s future growth”, he tweeted.

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