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Minister Prabhu launches digital initiatives by EIC for ease of export
Friday, 06 April, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Suresh Prabhu, minister for commerce and industry and civil aviation, Government of India, launched digital initiatives by the Export Inspection Council (EIC) for the ease of export in New Delhi.

Speaking on this occasion, he added that India’s potential for agricultural and food export will get a great boost due to these digital initiatives.

EIC, the official export certification body of the Government of India, and has launched this flagship project of the Digital India Initiative to keep pace with the changing dynamics of the world.  

In order to continue the vision for credible inspection and certification and to strengthen the confidence on Indian produce, three portals have been developed to reduce transaction time and cost in a transparent manner. They do not only provide an opportunity for the ease of export, but also play an important role in the Go Green initiative by reducing paper usage and saving millions of trees.

To provide fast, efficient and transparent services for ease of doing business in all sectors, the complete export food chain has been integrated in this digital platform.
Primary production, chain catch, aquaculture pond, dairy farms and apiaries are all linked. Processing units, testing laboratories, official controls and exports have complete traceability.

The one lab, one assessment portal provides a unified approach to all stakeholders like accreditation bodies, regulators and laboratories by bringing them together on a common platform.

Simplified procedures for granting joint certification and joint decisions help in reducing cost, time and multiplicity of assessment.

The export alert monitoring portal monitors non-compliances raised by importing countries. It enables the monitoring of alerts and action taken by multiple organisations involved in initial certification in the food safety and biosecurity and analysing the trend, understanding the trade barriers to reduce the alerts and enhance the export trade.

EIC has worked towards building the analytical capability for the country by providing accredited proficiency testing (PT) providers at Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai by reducing dependency on foreign PT providers and ease of access.

C R Chaudhary, minister of state, and Rita Teaotia, commerce secretary, were also present on the occasion. 
 
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