The long-term vision of the Department is to make India a major player in the World Trade by 2020 and assume a role of leadership in the International Trade Organizations commensurate with India’s growing importance. The medium term vision is to double India’s exports of goods and services by 2017-18 over the level of 2008-09 with a long-term objective of doubling India’s share in Global trade.

The policy tools being adopted in this context are: the Strategy Paper focusing on the targeted commodity and country wise strategy in the medium term and the Strategic Plan / vision and the Foreign Trade Policy in the long run.

The Department formulates, implements and monitors the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) which provides the basic framework of policy and strategy to be followed for promoting exports and trade. The Trade Policy is periodically reviewed to incorporate changes necessary to take care of emerging economic scenarios both in the domestic and international economy. Besides, the department is also entrusted with responsibilities relating to multilateral and bilateral commercial relations, special economic zones, state trading, export promotion and trade facilitation, and development and regulation of certain export oriented industries and commodities.

The Department of Commerce is headed by a Secretary who is assisted by one Officer on Special Duty (OSD), one Special Secretary, one Special Secretary & Financial Advisor, three Additional Secretaries, two Additional Secretary rank officers, thirteen Joint Secretaries and Joint Secretary level Officers and a number of other Senior Officers.

The Department is functionally organized into the following 10 Divisions:

  • International Trade Policy Divisions
  • Foreign Trade Territorial Division
  • Export Products Division
  • Export Industries Division
  • Export Services Division
  • Economic Division
  • Administration & General Service Division
  • Finance Division
  • Supply Division
  • Logistics Division

The various offices / organizations under the administrative control of the Department are: (A) two Attached Offices, (B) ten Subordinate Offices, (C) ten Autonomous Bodies, (D) five Public Sector Undertakings, (E) one Advisory Body, (F) fourteen Export Promotion Councils and (G) five Other Organizations.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes.

CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded in 1895, India’s premier business association has around 9000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 276 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII charts change by working closely with Government on policy issues, interfacing with thought leaders, and enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and strategic global linkages. It also provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues.

Extending its agenda beyond business, CII assists industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with civil society organizations carry forward corporate initiatives for integrated and inclusive development across diverse domains including affirmative action, healthcare, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development, empowerment of women, and water, to name a few.

India is now set to become a US$ 5 trillion economy in the next five years and Indian industry will remain the principal growth engine for achieving this target. With the theme for 2019-20 as ‘Competitiveness of India Inc – India@75: Forging Ahead’, CII will focus on five priority areas which would enable the country to stay on a solid growth track. These are – employment generation, rural-urban connect, energy security, environmental sustainability and governance.

With 66 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 10 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, UAE, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 355 counterpart organizations in 126 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.

SEPC is an Export Promotion Council set by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. It is an apex trade body which facilitates service exporters of India. As an advisory body it actively contributes to the formulation of policies of Government of India and acts as an interface between the Services Industry and the Government.

SEPC has been instrumental in promoting the efforts of Indian service exporting community, and in projecting India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality services. It organizes a large number of promotional activities such as buyer-seller meets (BSM) – both in India and abroad, overseas trade fairs/exhibitions, and India pavilion/information booths in selected overseas exhibitions to demonstrate the capabilities of Indian Services Industry.

The Council encourages and monitors the observance of international standards and specifications by exporters and keeps abreast of the trends and opportunities in international markets for services and assist members in taking advantage of such opportunities in order to expand and diversify exports.

Set up in 2006, SEPC now has a strong membership base of more than 3000 members from the 14 service sectors which come under its purview. Members of SEPC can avail of befits of the SEIS and other Schemes of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

An Interface between the World & Indian service providers: SEPC is the nodal point for Indian Service exports as well as for foreign corporates who are looking for business opportunities in India under Mode -1, Mode -2, Mode -3 & Mode-4 of services trade. It is also the nodal point for individuals who want to avail benefits of better-quality services at competitive rates in comparison with other countries. Foreign clients can contact SEPC for details of services providers in India.