APEDA-CFTRI Sign MoU for Liaison Office in Guwahati

Context: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Central Food Technological Research Institute, CSIR−CFTRI, Mysuru with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to set up a Liaison Office in GuwahatiAssam to provide technical support to the food industries in the North East region.


What is Liaison Office? The Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) defines “Liaison Office” as a “place of business to act as a channel of communication between the Principal place of business or Head Office by whatever name called and entities in India but which does not undertake any commercial / trading / industrial activity, directly or indirectly, and maintains itself out of inward remittances received from abroad through normal banking channel.”

  • A Liaison Office is in the nature of a representative office set up primarily to explore and understand the business and investment climate. 
  • A Liaison Office is not permitted to undertake any commercial / trading / industrial activity, directly or indirectly, and is required to maintain itself out of inward remittances received from parent company through normal banking channels. 
  • Its role is limited to collecting information about possible market opportunities and providing information about the company and its products to prospective Indian customers. 
  • The Liaison Office is permitted to undertake following activities only:
  • Representing the parent Company in India;
  • Promoting export/ import from/ to India;
  • Promoting technical / financial collaborations between the parent companies and companies in India

BACKGROUND APEDA has undertaken many promotional activities recently to bring the North East states of India on to the export map. In 2019 five international buyer seller meets were organised by APEDA in AssamManipurTripuraArunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to showcase the potential of agriculture/ horticulture and processed food products including organic produce to open the export window from the North Eastern States. APEDA has also organised specific outreach programmes and training on export process for the stakeholders from the North East region. Recently, it organised an exposure visit to Maharashtra, considered as one of the major export hubs, to acquaint the exporters and state officials from AssamManipurMeghalaya and Nagaland on export oriented farming, pack house and modern food processing units.  About Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)  The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act passed by the Parliament in December, 1985. The Authority replaced the Processed Food Export Promotion Council (PFEPC). APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the following scheduled products:

  • Fruits, Vegetables and their Products.
  • Meat and Meat Products.
  • Poultry and Poultry Products.
  • Dairy Products.
  • Confectionery, Biscuits and Bakery Products.
  • Honey, Jaggery and Sugar Products.
  • Cocoa and its products, chocolates of all kinds.
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Cereal and Cereal Products.
  • Groundnuts, Peanuts and Walnuts.
  • Pickles, Papads and Chutneys.
  • Guar Gum.
  • Floriculture and Floriculture Products.
  • Herbal and Medicinal Plants.

APEDA has its head office in New Delhi with regional offices in  MumbaiKolkataBangaloreHyderabad and Guwahati.

About Central Food Technological Research Institute, CSIR−CFTRI Central Food Technological Research Institute, CSIR−CFTRI, Mysuru, (a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi) is a pioneering Institute working in the area of Food Science and Technology and Human Resource Development started during 1950. It was opened on 21 October 1950 in MysoreKarnataka. It also has its resource centers in HyderabadLucknow and Mumbai. Over the years, it has brought out many innovative products and processes into the market in tune with the state-of-the-art R&D practices of the Institute and the changing lifestyle of the consumers. Some of these efforts include development of infant foods productsinstant ready-mixes, parboiling of paddy, cultivation of spirulina, health and wellness food products.  Societal interventions have been the hallmark of CSIR-CFTRI and large number of farmers have been empowered on affordable and sustainable methods for value addition to agri-commodities contributing to the rural economy. It has been in the forefront for generating quality human resource for the development of food industry.

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