Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, today interacted with representatives of industry and trade associations and export promotion organizations through video conference and shared his vision of industry and trade in India. This was the first ever direct interaction with trade and export bodies at this scale by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This was an effort to establish a dialogue with them. Suresh Prabhu said that Government’s duty is to help industry to grow and facilitatebusiness by simplifying regulations. The Minister referred to the jump made by India to 77 position in the ease of Doing Business ranking.The agriculture export policywill help in creating new avenues for exports of India’s superior agricultural products.Suresh Prabhusaid that exports have been growing for the last three years. He said the Ministry of Commerce and industry has made a plan to improve the ease of doing business at district level. Commerce Minister said that if GDP of districts grow by 3% it will lead to overall growth of national GDP. The Minister said start-up India is the largest programme in the world for new business ventures and the Government is making all efforts to remove unnecessary hurdles.The video conference took place through 100 nodes set up across the country.Ninety- two trade bodiesparticipated in this interaction.