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Basic

Objectives Role
and Functions

13.1

13.2

13.3

Non-profit,
Autonomous
and
Professional
Bodies

13.4

13.5

13.6

The basic objective of Export Promotion Councils is to


promote and develop the exports of the country. Each
Council is responsible for the promotion of a particular gr
of products, projects and services.
The main role of the EPCs is to project India's image abroad as a
reliable supplier of high quality goods and services. In particular,
EPCs shall encourage and monitor the observance of internationa
standards and specifications by exporters. The EPCs shall keep
abreast of the trends and opportunities in international markets f
goods and services and assist their members in taking advantag
such opportunities in order to expand and diversify exports.
The major functions of the EPCs are:
(a)
To provide commercially useful information and assistanc
their members in developing and increasing their exports
(b)
To offer professional advice to their members in areas su
as technology upgradation, quality and design improvem
standards and specifications, product development,
innovation, etc.;
(c )
To organise visits of delegations of its members abroad to
explore overseas market opportunities;
(d)
To organise participation in trade fairs, exhibitions and bu
seller meets in India and abroad;
(e)
To promote interaction between the exporting communit
and the Government both at the Central and State levels
and
(f)
To build a statistical base and provide data on the export
and imports of the country, exports and imports of their
members, as well as other relevant international trade da
The EPCs are non-profit organisations registered under the
Companies Act or the Societies Registration Act, as the case may

The EPCs shall be autonomous and regulate their own affairs.


However, if the Central Government frames uniform bylaws for th
constitution and/or for the transaction of business for EPCs, they
shall adopt the same with such modifications as Central Governm
may approve having regard to the special nature or functioning o
such EPC. The EPCs shall be required to obtain the approval of th
Central Government for participation in trade fairs, exhibitions et
and for sending sales teams/ delegations abroad. The Ministry of
Commerce and Industry/ Ministry of Textiles of the Government o
India, as the case may be, would interact with the Managing
Committee of the Council concerned, twice a year, once for
approving their annual plans and budget and again for a mid-yea
appraisal and review of their performance.
In order to give a boost and impetus to exports, it is imperative t
the EPCs function as professional bodies. For this purpose,
executives with a professional background in commerce,
management and international marketing and having experience

government and industry should be brought into the EPCs.

Government
support
Registration
cumMembership

13.7
13.8

The EPCs may be provided financial assistance by the Central


Government.
An exporter may, on application, register and become a member
an Export Promotion Council. On being admitted to membership,
applicant shall be granted forthwith Registration-cum- Membersh
Certificate (RCMC) of the EPC concerned, subject to such terms a
conditions as may be specified in this behalf.