Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2022

Context: Recently, the NITI Aayog released the third edition of the report titled ‘Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2022’ for States/UTs. About Export Preparedness Index (EPI) 2022:
  • It is a comprehensive tool that measures the export preparedness of the States and UTs in India.
  • Aim:
    • To undertake a comprehensive analysis of States and UTs across export-related parameters in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
    • To highlight the achievements of states/UTs and encourage peer learning among the states/UTs to uphold the spirit of competitive federalism.
Pillars of Evaluation: The index evaluates the performance of states and UTs across four pillars:
  • Policy Pillar: Assesses adoption of export-related policy ecosystems at state and district levels, along with the institutional framework surrounding the ecosystem.
  • Business Ecosystem: Evaluates the prevailing business environment, business-supportive infrastructure, and transport connectivity in a state/UT.
  • Export Ecosystem: Focuses on export-related infrastructure, trade support to exporters, and Research and Development (R&D) activities fostering innovation.
  • Export Performance: Gauges the growth of a state’s export over the previous year, export concentration, and footprint on global markets.
Key Findings of the Index:
Category Rank State/Union Territory Overall Score
Coastal States 1 Tamil Nadu 80.89
Hilly/Himalayan States 1 Uttarakhand 59.13
Landlocked Regions 1 Haryana 63.65
Union Territories/Small States 1 Goa 51.58
 Significance: 
  • Performance Analysis: The Export Preparedness Index (EPI) allows regions to compare their export performance with others and identify areas where they can improve.
  • Evidence based policy making: It helps them analyze potential challenges and develop better policies to promote export-driven growth at the local level.
News Source: PIB

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