A global rating agency last week said that the Indian economy will not grow in the current financial year due to the “deep shock” triggered by the Coronavirus outbreak. No doubt, the ongoing nationwide lockdown has severely impacted the economy, but fortunately economists see a bounce-back to 6.6 percent growth in FY22. Our export sector is also bearing the brunt of the global pandemic, but yet it seems the crisis has brought in an opportunity for the sector to become the biggest growth engine for the Indian economy in coming days.
According to a recent report, India’s plastic exporters are now seeking to grab China’s share in the global market. Already, several countries, which hold China responsible for global spread of COVID-19, are looking alternative supply sources. Compared to China’s 10 percent share in the $1 trillion global plastic exports, India’s present share is only about one percent. Due to a ban imposed by the Chinese authority on plastic scrap imports two years ago, plastic production costs already went up there, and now the backlash against China offers an opportunity to Indian exporters.
A similar opportunity is there when it comes to exports of masks. Currently, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil and Argentina are some major exporters of masks, and now India can be an alternative to China, that even at a time when the habit of wearing masks is catching up on people worldwide. Again, India is already a major producer of generic drugs, and now the opportunity is to move beyond it, as a provider of low-cost, high quality medicine as well as medical related services.