CII-SR to work with States for Vi­brant South: Vikram Kir­loskar

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The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try South­ern Re­gion (CII-SR) will work with State gov­ern­ments for the de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­trial cor­ri­dors and push struc­tural re­forms on labour, land and agri­cul­ture to ac­cel­er­ate the growth of the re­gion and to cre­ate an in­dus­tri­ally vi­brant South. It will work with these State Gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment the pri­or­ity projects by set­tin­gup `CII-State Gov­ern­ment Joint Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rums’ in all the South­ern States on the lines of the one in Ker­ala, the newly- elected Chair­man of CII South­ern Re­gion, Vikram Kir­loskar, said in Chen­nai.

`Vi­brant South – Com­pet­i­tive­ness, In­clu­sive­ness and Gov­er­nance’ is the CII theme for the South­ern Re­gion for 2017-18. Act­ing on the theme, CII will fo­cus on key en­ablers such as job cre­ation, skill de­vel­op­ment and train­ing, af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion, women par­ity, new mod­els of de­vel­op­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, gov­er­nance, and trans­parency, he said.

Out­lin­ing CII-SR’s pri­or­i­ties for 2017-18, Kir­loskar said that with a nom­i­nal GDP of $ 803 bil­lion, the south­ern re­gion ac­counted for over 30% of In­dia’s GDP. The re­gion has im­mense growth po­ten­tial in sec­tors like au­to­mo­tives, IT/ITES, health­care, biotech­nol­ogy and tex­tiles. In or­der to keep up the growth mo­men­tum, CII will work with the State Gov­ern­ments on spe­cific ar­eas such as in­dus­trial cor­ri­dors, struc­tural re­forms, un­lock­ing ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects stuck with the State gov­ern­ments, and launch CII-SR Wa­ter Al­liance for the restora­tion of lakes and ponds in South In­dia.

Kir­loskar also an­nounced CII-SR’s five-point agenda of mem­ber­ship en­gage­ment, MSME en­gage­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and skill de­vel­op­ment, ease of do­ing busi­ness, and en­trepreneur­ship and start-ups. It has iden­ti­fied the is­sues and gaps that need to be ad­dressed to meet the re­quire­ments of in­dus­try for a skilled work­force and would con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for amend­ments in the Ap­pren­tice­ship Act. CII will fo­cus on State skill pol­icy, model ca­reer cen­tres, skill gap study, fac­ulty de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes with in­dus­try ex­po­sure, in­dus­try– in­sti­tute con­nect, job fairs and skill de­vel­op­ment for spe­cially-abled.

In or­der to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship, CII would fo­cus on start-up poli­cies, spe­cial in­cen­tives in man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, men­tor­ship of SC and ST en­trepreneurs. It will set up star­tupreneurs fo­rum, en­gage­ment of next-gen lead­ers and rec­og­nize young busi­ness lead­ers by pre­sent­ing pres­ti­gious `Emerg­ing En­trepreneurs Awards’, Kir­loskar said.

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