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Sans China, India should diversify electronic imports options

In case, India seeks to reduce its reliance on China for electronic goods, it can do so by increasing shipments from other countries, until indigenous production of these items picks up, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai said on Monday.

Accordingly, the trade organisation said that there is a tremendous potential for electronic manufacturing in India.

The country’s total electronic goods production grew to Rs 5.33 lakh crore in 2019-20 from Rs 1.73 lakh crore in 2013-14.

These electronic goods include consumer electronics, industrial electronics, computer hardware, mobile phones, strategic electronics, electronic components and light emitting diodes.

In recent years, the Centre has introduced various programmes, including production linked incentives, Electronic Manufacturing Clusters, Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) and M-SIPS to promote indigenous manufacturing of electronic goods.

“Until such time these schemes result in increase in domestic production, India can diversify its imports of electronic goods away from China,” the trade organisation said in a statement.

“For instance, India can source integrated circuits from Singapore, USA, Malaysia and Japan, which are the other prominent exporters of these goods after China. India can increase its import of colour television sets from Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and USA, that are the other top suppliers of this product after China.”

For meeting demand for subscriber-end equipments that are used in telecom industry, India can enhance imports from Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, Israel and Japan.

Besides, the country can diversify import of non automatic voltage regulators and stabilizers by sourcing from Singapore, USA, Italy and Denmark, it said.

“Between 2014 and 2020, India’s production of electronic goods has grown at an impressive CAGR of 20.6 per cent significantly higher than India’s nominal GDP growth of 11-12 per cent during this period,” Rupa Naik, Senior Director, MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai said in a statement.

“There is tremendous potential for electronic manufacturing in India given the progressive policy thrust and vast consumer market.”-British Asia News

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