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Mahesh K Desai as the new Chairman of the EEPC India

New Delhi, NFAPost: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal informed the incoming Chairman of the EEPC India Mahesh K Desai that total merchandise exports for June , 2020 would return to almost 88% of shipments of the corresponding month of the previous fiscal, as the unlocking process gathers pace in the country.  

Mahesh K Desai, a first-generation technocrat-entrepreneur and founder of the Hyderabad-based Meera Group of engineering firms, has taken over as the new Chairman of the EEPC India , the apex organisation of the country’s engineering exporters. 

Expressing happiness over the appointment Mahesh K Desai, Piyush Goyal said that with unlocking of the economy, the exports should come back on track and the trend would be reflected in the June numbers.  

The new EEPC India Chairman assured the Commerce and Industry Minister that the engineering industry is committed to supporting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for AatmaNirbhar Bharat .

”We are encouraging our members to increasingly use the indigeous raw material and the intermediate products,” Mahesh K Desai.

The Minister exhorted the exporters to be more competitive and play on their comparative strength. Mahesh K Desai, who has been associated with multilateral organisations like the World Bank and UNDP in various capacities, said that in a global market , disrupted by the unprecedented health crisis, the Indian industry and exporters are adapting fast with new strategies, product differentiation and pricing. 

Mahesh K Desai pointed out to the Minister that some of the capital goods consignments from Taiwan, crucial for manufacturer-exporters, are being held by the Customs authorities.  

He apprised Mr Goyal about some of the restrictive measures being faced by Indian exporters in different countries and sought the government intervention. For instance, Turkey has imposed inappropriate duties on engineering goods like pumps.  
Mr Desai also discussed the Minister other issues like formal launch of the Nirvik scheme, need for export credit being available at Repo plus two percentage points. 

”As the exporter country has reposed a great confidence in me , as the EEPC India Chairman,  even in the turbulent waters, I would try and navigate the country’s exporters to new success,” a widely-travelled Mahesh K Desai said.

Hardcore engineer, Mahesh K Desai was assoiated with the the B.I.S (Bureau of Indian standards) as Convener of a sub-committee on standardization of hand pump operated by solar power, suitable for rural and tribal India and small communities.

Mahesh K Desai represented India for two years in International Standard Organization, Canada. He had worked on an R&D project with Lund University, Sweden and with S.K.A.T (Swiss technology development center) Switzerland.  Also, worked with World Bank and UNDP for Research Project in the field of rural water supply, for the small community. 

He was also associated with projects under UNICEF, World Bank, Asian Development, African Development Bank, European Funds, Japanese Funds, Scandinavian Countries Funds. He worked in consortium projects with Mitsubishi International and other Japanese companies.

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