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CII Southern Region to focus on MSMEs

- Story by: Sricharan R ACI

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
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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