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Niloptal Goswami

Principal Director, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG), Delhi, India.

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Why have export-oriented units in India failed to deliver?

In 1980, the Export Oriented Unit (EOU) Scheme was launched in India to boost exports and increase production. Though a number of provisions and exemptions including both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives have been extended to the Scheme to achieve the desired goal, the performance of EOUs has been far from satisfactory, particularly in the past few years. Therefore, it is time for a relook at the EOU Scheme for export promotions in context of report on performance of EOU Scheme by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. This issue is pertinent in the context of India’s declining exports and rising trade deficit.

By: Niloptal Goswami, Pravakar Sahoo and Bruegel Topic: Global economy and trade Date: October 22, 2016