The meeting was attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and senior officials in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), sources added.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the negotiations for a free trade agreement are a continuous process and it is difficult to set a timeline for their conclusion.
While moving a motion in the Upper House for electing one MP as a member of the Board, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked if the government was planning to close the body and stop subsidies to the rubber growers.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that efforts are being made to increase overall exports by diversifying the trade basket with emphasis on manufactured goods, services, resolution of market access issues and other non-trade barriers.
In 2016-17, the foreign fund inflows aggregated at USD 60.08 billion, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The issue was raised by the minister during her meeting with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo at Geneva.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said no complaint was received at her ministry with regard to prevention in production of meat and leather.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the proposal has been discussed at the relevant services bodies of the WTO.
Besides, Sitharaman would also meet officials at the Indian Mission and speak at The Graduate Institute on - 'Reclaiming Multilateralism - India and the WTO'.
The three-day conference 'Textiles India 2017' will see participation from 2,500 international buyers, over a thousand international and domestic exhibitors and several top fashion designers.
In a letter to the MPs, the minister has asked utilising the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds for such initiatives.
The issue was raised and discussed during the meeting of Board of Trade (BoT) chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also sought views of Indian startups to hold this programme.
Facilities would be provided to 60 start-up companies at the centre in the initial phase, the Minister of state for for Commerce and Industry said after inspecting the site identified for the centre here last evening.
The Union Cabinet will soon take a call on the winding up of the 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today sought to calm frayed nerves on the contentious visa issue, saying the number of H-1B visas for Indian IT professionals would not come down. She asked the industry not to get panicky.
Since September last year, exports are consistently going up and "I can see this as a clear indicator that our exporters are performing against all odds and showing their capacity to withstand any headwinds and the global situation," she told PTI in an interview.
Since the start of the calendar year the rupee has gained nearly 6 percent against the dollar and 2 percent against emerging market currencies, largely on account of glad tidings on the economy and political fronts. Post demonetisation, it has gained from a strong showing by the BJP in the U.P. election and from parliament clearing hurdles for a GST launch. Crude oil prices continue to remain range-bound, with the OPEC nations curtailing oil production.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today dismissed Congress allegations about corruption in the government e-marketplace (GeM) portal saying they are "false, baseless, motivated and malafide".
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha released the stamps at a function at the post office.
Not just ministers, but also the bureaucrats have been extremely inspired by the way he consults them and takes their views, said the commerce and industry minister.
At the receiving end of the protectionism are countries like India and China, the latter being the shopfloor of the world. India is hit on another front as it is the largest outsourcing play in the IT space.
The comments assume significance in the wake of Indian companies, specially IT services providers, getting concerned over protectionism by the US and several other countries. Sitharaman said, "Let us also understand that not just Indian companies in the US, several big US companies are in India too.
Meat exports stood at Rs 27,610 crore in the financial year 2015-16, Rs 30,201 crore in the 2014-15 and Rs 27,720 crore in 2013-14, Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
In the entire 2015-16, these zones had received duty exemptions worth Rs 52,216 crore, according to the data given by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.