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20 sectors identified for boosting manufacturing and export

The central government has identified 20 sectors where India can meet domestic demand as well as become a ‘global factory of the world’ by pushing out more exports and reining in costly imports, Commerce and Industry Minister. We had first identified 12 sectors. Now, there are eight more. We have 20 sectors where Ficci and other associations form a part of our engagement. Earlier, food processing, iron and steel, electronics, industrial machinery, furniture, automobile parts, and leather and footwear were among the sectors identified for import substitution and increasing exports.

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India makes testing of imported telecom equipment mandatory

India has notified the World Trade Organization its intention to make it mandatory for telecom products sold, imported or used in the country, including feedback device, transmission terminal equipment and broadband equipment, to be tested and certified by the Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) under the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

In three separate submissions made to the WTO Committee on Technical Barrier to Trade on the three identified items, India sought comments from WTO members on the mandatory certification regime within 30 days.

India driving electric mobility, energy storage sector growth: Experts

The Govt. of India is encouraging investments in the manufacturing of batteries and Niti Ayog is exploring to incentivize the production per kW. India will be moving fast with various favourable policies and schemes to implement efficient energy storage and electric mobility in the country, point out experts. Niti Aayog is working on inviting investments for cell manufacturing and is proposing direct incentives. The critical opportunity is to integrate energy storage, batteries and vehicle manufacturing for a viable commercial market.

Centre launches Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0 for climate-sensitive cities

A framework that would help cities follow a climate-sensitive approach in urban planning and development was launched. The objective of the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) 2.0 is to provide a roadmap for cities for combating climate change while planning and implementing their actions, including investments. The framework has 28 indicators across energy and green buildings, urban planning, green cover and biodiversity, mobility and air quality, water management and waste management.