New Delhi: Terming the global slowdown as transient, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday asked the industry to seize the opportunity to expand their business and prepare themselves for better times.
“We are passing through transformational times and in these transformational times, those who have taken over the challenge, I think must seize this as a global opportunity,” Mr Jaitley said while inaugurating the India International Footwear Fair here.
The world is not doing well today at all, it is in a slowdown mode now, he said.
Emphasising that India has potential particularly in non-leather footwear to become a world beater, he said, this is one industry that India is capable of finding core competence.
Over the last few years India has shown potential as far as services are concerned but for some reason the country missed out in manufacturing, he added.
The two big employment generator in the manufacturing sector are textile and apparel, and leather.
Highlighting various steps taken by the government, the Finance Minister said last four months have seen three very significant steps–Aadhaar, Bankruptcy Code and the GST law.
In the biggest tax reform since Independence, the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill to replace a raft of different state and local taxes with a single unified value added tax system to turn the country into world’s biggest single market.
“These spate of changes are taking place, when the world is otherwise in a slowdown phase,” he said.