India's exports grew to $27.03 bn in Dec 2017 from $26.19 bn in Nov 2017 and $24.05 billion during the corresponding month of previous year, official data showed.
The CommMin has pitched for reduction in import duty on gold in the forthcoming Budget with an aim to promote gold jewellery exports, a govt official said.
The commerce ministry is working on comprehensive policy covering issues such as logistics to promote export of agri commodities like tea, coffee, fruits and vegetables.
Gujarat has topped logistics chart, an indicator of the efficiency of logistical services necessary for promoting exports and economic growth.
The commerce and industry ministry is awaiting a concrete proposal from iPhone maker Apple to set up manufacturing unit in India, Prabhu said.
"We are discussing the matter with the Commerce Ministry to allow Railways to have a permanent space of about 1,800 sq mt in Pragati Maidan," a RailMin official said.
Prabhu will chair the third meeting of the Council for Trade Development and Promotion on January 8.
The prices have crashed to Rs 300 per kg from Rs 730 in the wake of cheaper imports from neighbouring countries.
India and Canada agreed to work towards an early conclusion of a proposed bilateral free trade agreement.
The commerce ministry's flagship IITF at Pragati Maidan will be held on a subdued note as a new international exhibition centre is still under construction.
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