Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal consults industry as part of India’s FTA negotiations with UK, EU and Canada

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Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal consults industry as part of India’s FTA negotiations with UK, EU and Canada

The FTAs being negotiated will benefit bilateral trade, create jobs and bring wider social and economic benefits: Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal

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14 MAY 2022 6:30PM by PIB Mumbai

Mumbai, May 14, 2022

The Union Minister for Commerce and Industry; Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal held a day-long stakeholder consultation with various sectors of the industry in Mumbai today, on India’s ongoing negotiations on Free Trade Agreements with Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Minister had separate meetings with representatives of automobiles, gem and jewellery, textiles, steel, copper and aluminium sectors. The hybrid interaction had industry leaders and associations attending both in person and online.

The Commerce Minister apprised the industry as to how the Agreements that are being negotiated will elevate the overall economic and commercial relations with respective partner countries which in turn will not only benefit bilateral trade but also create new jobs and provide wider social and economic opportunities. Shri Goyal stressed on the potential benefits – both direct and complementary spill-over economic benefits, including increased investment, job creation and employment opportunities.

While appreciating the accommodative spirit of the Industry, the Minister urged the industry representatives to continue to support the trade negotiations in the same spirit in the wider interests of the nation, contributing to the holistic development of multi-sectoral economic value chains in the country.

The industry representatives thanked the Minister for entering into FTAs with UAE, Australia and other nations, that too at such a fast pace fulfilling a long-lasting dream for many of them. Further, all the stakeholders expressed gratitude to the Minister for taking into consideration concerns of Indian Industry and provided constructive inputs on this matter with a view to ensure overall balance between market access and domestic sensitivities.

A non-exhaustive list of Trade bodies/Associations/EPCs that participated in the consultations is given below.




Trade Bodies/ Associations which participated


Automotive Industry (Automobiles/auto components)

  1. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM),
  2. Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)
  3. Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV)
  4. EEPC India
  5. CII


Gems and Jewellery

  1. GJEPC
  2. All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council



  1. Apparel Export Promotion Council
  2. Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council
  3. Indian Silk Export

     Promotion Council

  1. Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council
  2. Wool Industry Export Promotion Council
  3. ICC
  4. FICCI
  6. CII
  7. Cotton Corporation of India (CCI)
  8. Handloom Export Promotion Council
  9. Confederation of Indian Textile Industry
  10. Silk Association of India
  11. The Clothing Manufacturers Association of India
  12. Association of Man-Made Fibre Industry of India
  13. The South India Hosiery Manufacturers Association
  14. Apparel Exporters and Manufacturers Association
  15. Indian Polyurethane Association
  16. India Woolen Mills Federation
  18. Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council



  1. Indian Steel Association (ISA)
  2. Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA)
  3. Alloy Steel Producers Association(ASPA)
  4. Indian Ferro Alloy Producers’ Association(IFAPA)
  5. EEPC India
  6. FICCI
  7. CII



  1. Indian Primary Copper Producers Association (IPCPA)
  2. EEPC India
  3. Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA)
  4. Indian Non-Ferrous Metals Manufacturers Association (INFMMA)
  5. Bombay Metal Exchange Ltd.



  1. Aluminium Association of India (AAI)
  2. Aluminium Secondary Manufacturers Association (ASMA)
  3. Aluminium Casters’ Association (ALUCAST)
  4. Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA)
  5. EEPC India
  6. Bombay Metal Exchange Ltd.
  7. FICCI
  8. CII



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Industry, Govt to be equal partner; India poised to lead world’s Start-Up ecosystem, J&K lagging behind

While addressing the first of its kind programme on ‘Industry participation in Startups’ organized by various Industry organisations of Jammu to promote local StartUps, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is poised to lead the world’s StartUp ecosystem but regretted that Jammu & Kashmir is lagging behind. He said, ever since PM Modi had announced “StartUp India, StandUp India” from the ramparts of Red Fort in his Independence Day address of 2015, it picked up in a big way in across the country, but for certain reasons did not receive the same impetus in J&K even though things have begun to change after the new arrangement was introduced over here from 5-6 august 2019.

The Union Minister said, India with its vast unexplored potential and immense innovative, is destined to a frontline role in the world and emphasised sustainable StartUps for sustainable future growth. For this, he stressed the need for a wider integration and for industry and government to work as equal partners. He said, the demarcation between the public sector and private sector is fast becoming extinct and it has to be a partnership based on equal respect, equal stakes, equal participation and equal investment.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, greater integration and synergy among industry, Government departments, academia and independent institutions was crucial to create an enabling environment for growth of startups. He added that sustainable Startups would sustain the future economy of the India and give it a global visibility in the years to come.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after taking oath as Prime minister said that minimum Government maximum Governance would be the basic principle for delivering governance to people. PM Modi also said ‘government had no business to be in business and that the Government intends to create an enabling environment for various kinds of industries to flourish, he added.

True to this spirit the Government launched the Start-Up India and Stand-Up India Initiative in that spread a movement from Metros to various States and UTs. He added that due to this initiative the number of Start-ups in India have increased from 1100 in 2014 to 40,000 today, a huge jump, said the Minister

While talking about the pace of increasing Start-ups in the country Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Startup movement in Jammu and Kashmir has been slower compared to the rest of India due to various reason but now its impact can be seen through various agri-based startups, Purple Revolution and through startups in other fields like Pharma etc. The Minister said that youth from various parts of the UT were voluntarily giving up govt and corporate jobs to start their own ventures thereby increasing their income manifold.

While addressing the audience Dr Jitendra Singh said that repeated references to ‘Startups’ in many of PM’s speeches at regional, National and international stage is the declaration of the intent of the Government and the priority it attaches to startups.

While laying special emphasis on science-based startups the Minister said that science has today entered every household and every individual’s life. He said that Science based startups are the future of national and global economy. He added that there was no necessary correlation between the growth of startups and literacy rates and that the science based startups will grow regardless of the literacy rates. He further said that Indians have a scientific temper that can be instrumental in furthering startup movement in the country and that this capability only needs to be channelized in the right direction through greater awareness and change in mind-sets of various stakeholders.

While elaborating the need for Industry in the sustainable growth of Startups Dr Jitendra said that Industry needs to be partners with equal stakes and equal investment in the movement. He said that any partnership with the industry has to be meaningful and not just cosmetic that should include support, research, funding, training, hunt for ideas and taking up larger responsibility. He said that this was also a part of Social responsibility and provides the industrialists and opportunity to play a major role in Nation Building.

While talking about the challenge of creating sustainable start-ups Dr Jitendra Singh said that the start-ups need to be linked to livelihood. He said that Science based sectors, non-science sectors and academic institutions need to work together to link start-ups with livelihood. This he said could be done by exploring the unexplored local industry. He gave various examples of such local industries like Lavender in Doda, Bamboo- clusters being developed in Samba, Kathua and Reasi, Tele-medicine initiative called ‘Doctor on Wheels’,etc. He added that providing industry and Government support and constant capacity building were other important steps to create links for startups with livelihood.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that promoting Start-up culture in India required change of mind-set at three levels. Firstly, at the level of Government by considering Industry as an ally as pointed out by PM Narendra Modi.He said that the way in which Space-based startups have grown over the last few years is a best example of how the mind-set of the Government is changing where in a short span of time 50 startups have come up based on space technology.Secondly, he said that the change in mind-set is needed at the level of Industry by considering the mutual growth of start-ups and the industry /economy as a whole being dependent on each other. Thirdly and most importantly, liberation of youth from the “SarkariNaukri” mind-set and the change in mind-set of potential start-up initiators was needed that will propel the engine of startup movement and take it to new heights. This change was possible through rigorous awareness initiatives for boosting entrepreneurial spirit in society that is obsessed with Jobs especially Government Jobs to enable youth to become job creators rather than job seekers.

This change in mindset, he said, can be made possible through synergy of Industry, Government and Institutions and through awareness initiatives in form of workshops, capacity building initiatives, brainstorming sessions and local camps.

The programme was addressed by stalwarts of Industry in J&K and officials of Technology Development Board, Union ministry of Science & Technology and Department of Industries, J&K, including Rajesh Pathak, Anita Gupta, Satish Koul, Lalit Mahajan and others.



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Pharmaceutical Industry

The Department has recently issued the guidelines of the scheme “Strengthening of Pharmaceutical Industry (SPI) in 11th March 2022 with the following objectives:

  • To strengthen the existing infrastructure facilities in order to make India a global leader in the Pharma Sector by providing Financial assistance to pharma clusters for creation of Common Facilities.
  • To upgrade the production facilities of SMEs and MSMEs, to meet national and international regulatory standards, by providing interest subvention or capital subsidy on their capital loans.
  • To promote knowledge and awareness about the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry by taking up studies, building databases and brining industry leaders, academia and policy makers together to share their knowledge and experience.

The total financial outlay of the scheme is Rs.500 crore for a period of five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26. 

Department of Pharmaceuticals strives to improve the infrastructural facilities of the pharma sector in the country towards making India, a global leader in the sector.

  • In order to make the country Atmanirbhar in pharmaceuticals, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has launched the Production Linked Incentives (PLI) Scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of critical Key Starting Materials (KSMs)/Drug Intermediates (DIs), and Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients (APIs) in India. The Total financial outlay of the scheme is Rs. 6,940 crore and the tenure from FY 2020-2021 to FY-2029-30.
  • Another ‘Production Link Incentive (PLI) scheme for Pharmaceuticals has been launched with total financial outlay of Rs. 15,000 crore and tenure from FY 2020-2021 to FY 2028-29. The scheme intends to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities by increasing investment and production in the sector and contributing to product diversification to high value goods in pharmaceuticals sector. The eligible drugs under this scheme include APIs among other categories of pharmaceuticals products.
  • The Department has launched a scheme to provide further support to API pharma companies through providing, financial assistance to the States for establishing three Bulk Drug Parks.
  • Further, Department provides support to the pharma clusters for creating common infrastructure facilities under Assistance to Pharmaceuticals Industry for Common Facilities (API-CF).
  • Pharmaceutical Technology Upgradation Assistance Scheme (PTUAS) has also been approved to support SME units in pharmaceutical sector for quality & technology upgradation.

Details of all the above schemes can be accessed at .

The information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Bhagwanth Khuba in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.



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Four Industry Executives Join MRC Board of Directors

 Four new members of the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) Board were officially introduced at the March 24, 2022, board meeting. The MRC Board is currently made up of a mix of 21 industry leaders, educators, and community partners.

“I’m pleased to welcome the newest members of MRC’s Board of Directors. Three are from Berks County, PA and include Jeffrey Snyder, President, American Polarizers, Inc.; Justin Spannuth, VP/COO, of Unique Snacks; and John Perate, Senior VP at M&T Bank serving both Berks and Lehigh Valley markets. From Lehigh County, Allentown, PA, we are pleased to include Rick Seibert, Senior Vice President of Technology & Corporate Development at Sharp Corporation,” said Rich Hobbs, President & CEO of MRC. “We are excited for the new perspectives that John Perate, Rick Seibert, Jeff Snyder, and Justin Spannuth will bring to the MRC Board. They know why manufacturing matters, and they understand the importance of resources like MRC for small and mid-sized manufacturers to access the services they need to succeed.”

The MRC Board of Directors also includes: Chairman, Stephen Weise, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Freshpet Kitchens; Vice Chairman, Satish Mohapatra, President & CEO, Dynalene Inc., Ann Bieber, President, Lehigh Carbon Community College; Ron Bracalente, President, Bracalente Manufacturing Group; Dick Bus, President, ATAS International, Inc.: Ed J. Coringrato, Jr., Senior Advisor I2R Nanowave, Inc.; John P. Coulter, Associate Dean for Research & Operations, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science, Lehigh University; Joseph Hammond, Director II, Allentown Operations, B. Braun Medical; Clyde Hornberger, Ed.D., Educational Consultant; Patricia Johnson, VP for Finance & Administration, Lehigh University; Shelly Slotter McWilliams, President, Lehigh Valley Plastics; Jack Pfunder, Pfunder Consulting Group; John Quarmley, CEO, Highwood USA; Werner Reinartz, President & CEO, Reynolds & Reynolds Electronics, Inc.: Vykie Whipple, Owner, Brey-Krause Manufacturing; Bill Wydra, Jr. President, Ashland Technologies; and Byron Zerphy, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Solar Technology, Inc.

About the Manufacturers Resource Center:

MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Carbon, and Berks counties. MRC assists small and mid-size manufacturers in improving their productivity and quality, lowering their costs, and improving their competitiveness. MRC is a nationally recognized leader in manufacturing assistance creating high-impact, cost-competitive manufacturers. We provide innovative custom solutions for process improvements, technology acceleration, market expansion, workforce development, and supply chain management. To find out more about MRC and our comprehensive services, visit our website at

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Jury of Leading Industry Experts Confirmed For BAFTA’s ‘For the Love of Film’ Competition

Actor, writer and comedian Aisling Bea, Film and TV Critic Amon Warmann, Filmmaker Edgar Wright and presenters Grant Tucker and Rhianna Dhillon announced as the Jury of the BAFTA’s nationwide search for individuals who have made a difference to their communities


Today, BAFTA has announced the jury of For The Love of Film competition. The industry experts will review a shortlist of submissions before selecting the winner, recognising individuals from across the country who have created a positive impact on their community through film.  

The jury is comprised of actor, writer and comedian Aisling Bea, Film and TV Critic Amon Warmann, Filmmaker Edgar Wright and presenters Grant Tucker and Rhianna Dhillon. BAFTA Film Committee member Anthony Andrews, the co-founder and Creative Director of We Are Parable, will chair the jury. 

Filmmaker Edgar Wright said: “As a filmmaker the excitement of having your work seen on the big screen amongst fellow film fans is irreplaceable. Celebrating the individuals who are passionately championing the cinema shared experience is something I’m delighted to be a part of and I’m looking forward to reviewing this year’s entries.”  

Entries for this year’s competition are now open at with the deadline for submissions Monday 14 February at 10:00am GMT.

The recipient chosen by the jury will get the opportunity to join BAFTA for a memorable evening at the UK’s biggest celebration of film. The prize includes an overnight stay at the iconic Savoy hotel in London, as well as professional hair and makeup ahead of the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 13 March 2022.

BAFTA’s For The Love Of Film competition celebrates members of the public who bring their love of film to the nation! Communities have relied on local heroes more than ever over the course of the last two years and BAFTA and EE want to recognise those that have supported their neighbours and community through film. 

Previous ‘For the Love of Film’ competitions have honoured Janet Dunn and Martin Fol who fund and operate Liverpool’s Plaza Cinema, Lizzie Banks the producer of Oska Bright Film Festival, as well as Dan Ellis, Founder and Managing Director of Jam Jar Cinema and Iain MacColl, Senior Operator, Screen Machine. Find out more about previous winners here:    

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 13 March. The ceremony, celebrating the very best of British and international film talent, will be returning to London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, and broadcast on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer. On the night, will feature red carpet highlights, photography and winner’s interviews, as well as dedicated coverage on its social channels @BAFTA.


Notes to editors:

Process for Entry: Explain in 500 words or less the reason they or their nominee should be recognised by BAFTA and what lengths they have gone to ‘For The Love of Film’ and upload a maximum of two supporting artefacts such; press cuttings, photographs, supporting statements etc. Submission form is hosted at 

Deadline for entries/ submissions Monday 14 February at 10:00am GMT.


BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).