The drivers for growth would be reforms and governance, inclusive growth and affirmative action, innovation, entrepreneurship and growth of MSMEs and transformation of sectors: S Gopalakrishnan, President CII
India ranks 132nd among 185 countries on the parameter of ‘ease of doing business’; this needs to be improved: S Gopalakrishnan, President CII
CII Members’ Interactive Meet with Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President CII took place here today. Addressing the meet, Mr Gopalakrishnan, informed the audience that CII theme for 2013-14 is “Accelerating Economic Growth through Innovation, Transformation, Inclusion and Governance”. He said, “Our agenda is to accelerate economic (GDP) growth to 6 – 6.5 percent this year and to take it to 8.5 – 9 percent as quickly as possible. “ He further added, “The drivers for growth would be reforms and governance, inclusive growth and affirmative action, innovation, entrepreneurship and growth of MSMEs and transformation of sectors.” On the front of reforms and governance, he highlighted that the World Bank Report indicates that India ranks 132nd among 185 countries on the parameter of ‘ease of doing business’. This needs to be improved. Further, FDI should be encouraged wherever applicable in a phased manner. With reference to GST implementation, he also informed that it has been a top priority of CII to play an active role in creating the right atmosphere. He also highlighted that CII has been active on facilitating distribution reforms in power sector, model APMC Act, leveraging technology for strengthening MSMEs, the Companies Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, etc.
Mr S Gopalakrishnan also briefed the members on CII’s efforts towards the inclusive growth agenda. He informed that CII has already engaged with Dalit Chamber of Commerce and also been active on skill building and employment of marginalized sectors. On the front of innovation and entrepreneurship, CII efforts are on to popularize the job portal www.thefairjob.com linking industry with job seekers from marginalized sections. In transformation of sectors, President CII informed that this year CII would be starting a three year project called Project Village Budha which would be targeted to implement the idea of Kaizens (small improvements) in a village environment. Further, ‘Visionary Leaders for Manufacturing Programme’ of CII would help 100 top MSMEs to improve on their current size and status. Mr Gopalakrishnan, concluded his remarks by saying, “We will also continue our focus on global engagement and sustainability.”
Addressing the session, Mr R Mukundan, Chairman, CII Western Region informed members about the initiatives taken by CII in Maharashtra to resolve the issues related to water crisis and drought conditions in the state. The initiatives include desilting parts of Jayakwadi Dam – in Aurangabad – Maharashtra and the adoption of four surrounding villages for sharing and adopting agricultural best practices in the surrounding areas.
Mr Chandrajit Banerjee , Director General, CII, Mr R Mukundan, Chairman, CII Western Region, Mr Chetan Tamboli, Deputy Chairman, CII, and Mr Ninad Karpe, Chairman, CII Maharashtra, Mr Kaushalendra Sinha, Regional Director, CII Western Region were also present for the meet.
Mumbai, April 29, 2013