Odisha has registered 53 per cent rise in export performance in 2013-14 financial year, while reporting total export of Rs 18,780 crore, according to official sources.

“The export performance during 2013-14 has registered a record growth of 53 per cent over last year with total export worth Rs 18,780 crore against the total export of worth Rs 12,245 crore during 2012-13,” said MS&ME secretary Mr Panchanana Das. He claimed that Odisha succeeded in beating global slowdown in mineral market by boosting up its export in non-mineral sectors like marine, electronics, software and metallurgical products.

“Around 62 per cent the total export during 2013-14 has come from metallurgical, marine, electronics and software,” he said.  During 2013-14, the export in metallurgical products have been to the tune of Rs7,677 crore, export in marine products was Rs 1699 crore and export in electronics and software have been boosted up to Rs 2,300 crore.The export performance in engineering chemical and allied sectors have been Rs 3531 crore, The export in service sector like tourism has also added Rs 10 crore to the total export performance, Mr Das added.

The official sources claimed that the export performance of Odisha has followed an upward trend over last five years with various governmental assistance and support. The total export in the year 2009-10 was around 12,600 crore which had slowed down to 12,245 crore during 2012-13 while the fall was attributed to global slowdown particularly in mineral and steel sectors.

Meanwhile, chairing the state-level empowered committee meeting, chief secretary Mr Gokul Chandra Pati stressed on expedite implementation of export supporting infrastructure development projects sanctioned under Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE) scheme.

While 10 such schemes are under various stages of implementation in the state, two new projects were sanctioned in the committee meeting.