CII South­ern Re­gion to fo­cus on MSMEs

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The Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII) has de­vised a plan to work with the State Gov­ern­ments on spe­cific ar­eas such as in­dus­trial cor­ri­dors, de­vel­op­ment of tier-II cities, and to fo­cus on key pol­icy en­ablers to sup­port de­vel­op­ment of MSMEs in the South­ern States. At an event in Chen­nai, the new­ly­elected Chair­man of CII South­ern Re­gion (SR), R Di­nesh said, “The con­cen­tra­tion will be on tier-II cities and on work­ing to­wards na­tion-build­ing. We would work closely with the govern­ment and all other rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers on a mis­sion mode to cre­ate a ro­bust and con­ducive in­dus­trial ecosys­tem in South In­dia.”

Out­lin­ing its pri­or­i­ties for 2018-19, Di­nesh said that, South In­dia with its in­dus­trial ecosys­tem aided by busi­ness-friendly poli­cies, al­ways had an up­per hand, when it comes to the con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional GDP. “We have taken up the theme of ‘Vi­brant South – Com­pet­i­tive, In­clu­sive & Re­spon­si­ble’ for the year. CII will fo­cus on key en­ablers such as job cre­ation, skill de­vel­op­ment and train­ing. It is not about the large com­pa­nies, but for the mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises. Our core fo­cus is on them. CII will work on key en­ablers such as man­u­fac­tur­ing with spe­cial fo­cus on MSMEs, pro­mo­tion of start-ups and en­trepreneurs, ed­u­ca­tion and skills with thrust on ru­ral job cre­ation, fast-track­ing of in­fra­struc­ture projects, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness link­ages for the In­dian in­dus­try be­sides cre­at­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for thriv­ing in­dus­trial re­la­tions,” Di­nesh said. The Chair­man also out­lined sev­eral new ini­tia­tives for the cur­rent year, in­clud­ing Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) and In­ter­net of Things (IoT) pro­gramme for MSMEs, cre­ation of ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tors (GI) for spe­cific prod­ucts, city con­nect ini­tia­tives, sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion and ur­ban mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions, port-led eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in South­ern States, dig­i­tal readi­ness sur­vey of CII Mem­bers in South­ern Re­gion through Man­u­fac­tur­ing and Dig­i­tal Ex­cel­lence (MADE) etc.

On the man­u­fac­tur­ing of de­fence com­po­nents by MSMEs, Sathish Ra­man, Se­nior Di­rec­tor and Re­gional Head, CII said, “We are work­ing in Trichy. Ba­si­cally, we are work­ing to cre­ate an in­di­geni­sa­tion process which the govern­ment is work­ing to­wards. Whether it is De­fence, Airforce or Naval re­quire­ments, the idea of the Cen­tral govern­ment is to re­duce de­pen­dence on the for­eign play­ers when it comes to our own equip­ment. In terms of MSMEs, it is not just in the tier-I city, but also in tier-II and-III also. We want to take the op­por­tu­nity to their door step and say how they can play a role. Large com­pa­nies have their own means to do. SMEs are what we are try­ing to push. We are also work­ing along with the govern­ment and as­so­ci­at­ing with the So­ci­ety of In­dian De­fence Man­u­fac­tur­ers.”

About the aero­space seg­ment, Di­nesh said that, CII is only fa­cil­i­tat­ing and act­ing as a medium be­tween the govern­ment and the in­dus­try. “What I think is that there is enough tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity avail­able, es­pe­cially in Tamil Nadu and even across all South­ern States. There, one bigticket in­vest­ment is needed. If that come, the sec­tor will im­prove a lot. When it hap­pens, we will be there to sup­port. We also be­lieve that, it is a big op­por­tu­nity.”

R Di­nesh, Chair­man - CII South­ern Re­gion & Joint Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of T V Sun­daram Iyen­gar & Sons Ltd and Sathish Ra­man, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, CII

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