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BHUBANESWAR: Despite the adverse situation caused by covid-19 pandemic, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said export from the state up to November registered 55 % increase over the export value in the corresponding period in last financial year. "This is an outstanding achievement by the exporters of Odisha despite global recession and stiff international competition. I congratulate the exporting community of the state of this remarkable feat and hope this upward trend will continue in the coming years," said Naveen Patnaik at state export award ceremony held virtually. The chief minister virtually awarded as many as 26 exporters including large industries and MSMEs for their export performance in areas like metallurgical products, marine and agro products and handlooms and handicrafts and IT products. Stating that export plays a vital role in the economic growth of any state, Naveen said the state government is striving to create a conducive atmosphere to promote export through greater ease of doing business, implementation of 5T mechanism, infrastructure support and facilities for quality standardization. As Odisha was placed among best five states in the Export preparedness Index (EPI) 2020 released by the NITI Aayog, Naveen said "our efforts to promote exports are paying off in boosting our export turnover consistently."

The chief minister also reminded the glorious past of Odisha's overseas trade and commerce. "The legends of Sadhab Pua" of Kalinga venturing into overseas markets to promote our merchandise continue to inspire us to regain our past glory," he added. The state government has already constituted the district-level export promotion committee in each district to facilitate export of local products. "There are many local MSME products which have the potential to compete in the global market. Time is not far off when the departmental stores in Europe and America will be studded with products made by our women self-help groups (SHGs) from Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Malkangiri," said Naveen Patnaik. Emphasizing on quality of products, an essential factor for boosting export, the chief minister urged to think of world-class standard while considering the quality aspect of a product or a service. 

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