Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd is allying its ambitious foreign forays with the government's 'Act East' policy, which aims at strengthening ties with the countries in India’s east.
Patanjali Ayurved is planning to set up a production unit in Sahibganj, a district in Jharkhand, which the central government plans to turn into a multi-modal hub with direct connectivity through roads, waterways and air with the neighbouring East-Asian countries, sad DGFT
“Patanjali is in talks with the Inland Waterways Authority of India and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari to use the Sahibganj multi-modal terminal for export of its products to East Asian countries like China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and others. By using the inland waterways, the company will Jharkhand, which the central government plans to turn into a multi-modal hub with direct connectivity through roads, waterways and air with the neighbouring East-Asian countries.
Since Sahibganj is the only district in Jharkhand where the Ganga flows, it will give Patanjali direct access to Bangladesh and Myanmar. “We are in discussion with the Jharkhand government for the industrial development of the state,” a spokesperson Raju Kothri for Patanjali Ayurved told ED, adding that Sahibanj was a "strategic location” for the company.
When China’s export-driven economy is slowing down, India is poised to boost its own exports to the country. China is scared of India overtaking it in manufacturing in the long term as labour costs in China are rising.
Global Times, a Chinese establishment newspaper, wrote recently in an article headlined 'China should pay more attention to India’s increasing manufacturing competitiveness': “Although India is still in its initial stage of developing export-oriented manufacturing industries, the country has great potential to emerge as a regional hub for labour-intensive industries. One recent analysis showed China’s manufacturing hourly wage in 2016 was roughly five times that in India.” added Kothari
The trigger for the article was India’s exports to China increasing 42% in January this year. Though China has a big edge over India in bilateral trade, it wants to see if the rise in Indian exports is a flash in the pan or a trend.