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  • Mar 2, 2000

    Exports take dip even as imports up in January 2000

    Close on the heels of the announcement that the government is withdrawing the tax exemption available to exports in a time bound manner, export volumes during the month of January have dipped by 2%. In value terms too there has been erosion. Imports on the other hand have surged by 9.5%.

    India's export performance has been erratic in recent months. After having logged very high rates of growth of over 20% and 30% in October and November 1999, performance in subsequent months has been subdued. Imports on the other hand have risen mainly due to a 60% rise in the value of oil imports during April to January 2000 as compared to the corresponding period last year. The continued slack in non-oil imports continues to highlight the lack of investment spending in the domestic economy.

    The slack in exports and the slow pick up in domestic investment activity are two major hurdles that India faces in its attempt to sustain higher rates of economic growth in coming years. Indian companies face high infrastructural costs, which dilute to a large extent, the advantage of cheap labour. Steps need to be initiated to improve infrastructure and lower borrowing costs in an attempt to increase the competitiveness of exports. There is also a need to stimulate domestic investment activity.

     

     

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