Vya­par 2017 Ker­ala Busi­ness-to-Busi­ness Meet

FICCI Business Digest - - In the States -

A . C. Moideen, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries, said that Small and Mi­cro En­ter­prise (SME) sec­tor is a ro­bust plat­form to em­ploy the skills of ex­pa­tri­ate Malay­alis re­turn­ing to the state due to the re­cent na­tion­al­i­sa­tion drives in the coun­tries where they work. This is a sec­tor that has al­ways been a re­flec­tion of the dis­tinc­tive­ness of Ker­ala, and this gen­er­a­tion and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can find em­ploy­ment in the state through SMEs,” while in­au­gu­rat­ing Vya­par 2017, the sixth edi­tion of Ker­ala Busi­ness-to-Busi­ness Meet.

The bright side to the chal­lenge of skill de­vel­op­ment is that the gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes India's favourable de­mo­graphic div­i­dend and is shoul­der­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to mil­lions of youth in a big way.

Vya­par 2017 shall bring in­no­va­tive and cre­ative in­ter­ven­tions and find sus­tain­able mod­els of de­vel­op­ment, apart from reach­ing out with the state's prod­ucts to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers, re­marked the min­is­ter dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at the three-day Busi­ness to Busi­ness Meet or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of In­dus­tries & Com­merce, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala in as­so­ci­a­tion with FICCI as the Trade & In­dus­try Part­ner from Fe­bru­ary 2-4, 2017 in Kochi.

S. Sarma, MLA, in his pres­i­den­tial ad­dress, com­mented that there is busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment for the SMEs in Ker­ala and Vya­par 2017 is a far­sighted pro­gramme to get busi­nesses and buy­ers in­volved in the sec­tor.

“The pres­ence of the spe­cial del­e­gates is a proof that the state's MSME Busi­ness-to-Busi­ness Meet is gain­ing im­por­tance in­ter­na­tion­ally and has the po­ten­tial to at­tract more in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in fu­ture,” stated Prof K. V. Thomas, MP.

“The B2B meet­ings would be fol­lowed up with an e-plat­form, a per­ma­nent mar­ket­ing por­tal for in­ter­ac­tions be­tween buy­ers and sell­ers, which would also help con­sol­i­date the gains of such B2B meet­ings,” re­marked Paul Antony, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary (In­dus­tries). “We have to fol­low the model of the Tourism Depart­ment, which has suc­cess­fully tapped into Dig­i­tal and So­cial Me­dia Mar­ket­ing; not­ing that the mar­ket­ing por­tal would be a per­ma­nent medium for in­ter­ac­tion be­tween sell­ers and buy­ers,” he added.

“Buy­ers were se­lected through a strin­gent screen­ing process af­ter eval­u­at­ing the lax­i­ties of the last two edi­tions of the meet,” said P.M. Fran­cis, Di­rec­tor, In­dus­tries and Com­merce. “The num­ber of for­eign buy­ers in­creased this and the largest in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tion was from Ja­pan,” he said.

“Vya­par 2017 is not only a fo­rum for mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion; but also for ex­change of tech­nolo­gies in the SME sec­tor that is fu­elling Ker­ala's im­pres­sive growth,” said Dr. M. Beena, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, KSIDC.

“We re­ceived very good re­sponse from buy­ers and sell­ers dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion as this was the third con­sec­u­tive year of busi­ness-to-busi­ness meet,” re­marked V Ra­jagopal, CEO, Ker­ala Bureau of In­dus­trial Pro­mo­tion (K-BIP), the nodal agency for the Ker­ala Busi­ness to Busi­ness Meet. “When com­pared to the last edi­tion, we had po­ten­tial buy­ers on board for Vya­par 2017, en­sur­ing good busi­ness to the sell­ers,” he ob­served.

“The best fea­ture of 'Vya­par 2017' is that it is to­tally fo­cused on the busi­ness en­gage­ments with three days ded­i­cated for pre-fixed Busi­ness to Busi­ness meet­ings,” said Deepak L Aswani, Co-Chair, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil. He added, “FICCI will al­ways work as a nat­u­ral part­ner with the state gov­ern­ment to the cause of eco­nomic and in­dus­trial and trade de­vel­op­ment of Ker­ala thereby fos­ter­ing, in­vest­ment, joint ven­tures, and de­vel­op­ment of trade in the state of Ker­ala.”

Viji Sha­jan, Pres­i­dent, Mulavukad Grama Pan­chayat and Damodar Avanoor, State Pres­i­dent, KSSIA also spoke. Paul Thachil, Rapol Sa­ni­plast Pvt Ltd, Cha­lakkudy, won the best­seller award from the Min­is­ter-In­dus­tries for the par­tic­i­pa­tion at the B2B meet in the last edi­tion.

Of the reg­is­tered 331 sell­ers for 'Vya­par 2017', 200 sell­ers were scru­ti­nised and fi­nalised by a team, headed by the In­dus­tries and Com­merce Di­rec­tor, for par­tic­i­pa­tion. The high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion is from food pro­cess­ing sec­tor with 87 regis­tra­tions. Other small-scale in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing hand­looms & tex­tiles, rub­ber, coir prod­ucts, Ayurveda & herbal, elec­tri­cal & elec­tron­ics as well as tra­di­tional in­dus­try sec­tors have reg­is­tered for the event. The list also in­cludes state-run en­ter­prises.

Food pro­cess­ing sec­tor, which had the largest rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­ceived the most num­ber of en­quiries. Com­pared to the last edi­tion, there were more po­ten­tial buy­ers on board for Vya­par 2017, en­sur­ing good busi­ness to the sell­ers.

The meet or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of In­dus­tries & Com­merce for MSMEs wit­nessed more than 7,300 busi­ness in­ter­ac­tions dur­ing the three days. As many as 478 buy­ers, in­clud­ing 112 in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates, par­tic­i­pated in the meet. Also, 334 busi­ness visi­tors from Ker­ala at­tended the event on the third day.

Busi­ness en­quiries and or­ders worth Rs. 400 crore were gen­er­ated dur­ing Vya­par 2017.

A. C. Moideen, Min­is­ter for In­dus­tries, Sports & Youth Af­fairs, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala, ad­dress­ing “Vya­par 2017. Also seen are: V Ra­jagopal, CEO, Ker­ala Bureau of In­dus­trial Pro­mo­tion (K-BIP); P.M. Fran­cis, Di­rec­tor, In­dus­tries and Com­merce; Dr. M. Beena, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, KSIDC; Prof K. V. Thomas, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment; S. Sarma, Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly; Paul Antony, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary (In­dus­tries); Deepak L Aswani, Co-Chair­man, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil and Damodar Avanoor, State Pres­i­dent, KSSIA.

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