Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said the ongoing global uncertainty and recessionary trends could have some implications on India’s exports.
He, however, said that services exports have huge potential for growth. Given the global situation, India is still the bright spot in the world, the minister said.
In times of uncertainty and when there is talk about recession at the world level, it is natural that there would have some consequences for India and there is a possibility of some weakness in our exports as well, he said at the Times Now Summit 2022.
India’s exports entered negative territory after a gap of about two years, declining sharply by 16.65 per cent to USD 29.78 billion in October, mainly due to global demand slowdown, even as the trade deficit widened to USD 26.91 billion, according to data released by the commerce ministry.
Key export sectors, including gems and jewellery, engineering, petroleum products, ready-made garments of all textiles, chemicals, pharma, marine products, and leather, recorded negative growth during October.
During April-October 2022, exports recorded a growth of 12.55 per cent to USD 263.35 billion. Imports rose 33.12 percent to USD 436.81 billion.
On the rupee’s depreciation against the US dollar, he said that the Indian currency has appreciated against other global currencies such as yen, pound and euro.
Commenting on the trade deficit, the minister said that crude imports may have been the reason for that but these also help in fueling the economy.
Speaking about inflation, Goyal said that the government has taken several steps to contain prices.