The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up in 1963 by the Government of India as an autonomous organisation to help professionalise the country's foreign trade management and increase exports by developing human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating data; and conducting research. The Institute visualises its future role as:
- A catalyst for new ideas, concepts and skills for the internationalisation of the Indian economy.
- The primary provider of training and
research-based consultancy in the areas of international
business, both for the corporate sector, Government and the
- An institution with proven capability to
continuously upgrade its knowledge base with a view to
servicing the requirements of the Government, trade and
industry through both sponsored and non-sponsored research
and consultancy assignments.
The Institute's portfolio of long-term programmes is
diverse, catering to the requirements of aspiring
International Business executives and mid-career professionals
alike. These are:
IIFT has, over the years, undertaken path-breaking research studies with organisations like WTO, World Bank, UNCTAD and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The Institute has also trained more than 40,000 business professionals across 30 countries in various facets of international business and trade policy via its Management Development Programmes.