Agriculture is the dominant sector of Indian economy, which determines the growth and sustainability. About 65% of the population still relies on agriculture for employment and livelihood. Indian agriculture however, has milestones. The green revolution transformed India form a food deficient stage to a surplus food market. In a span of 3 decades, India become a net exporter of food grains. Remarkable results were achieved in these fields of dairying and oil seeds through white an yellow revolutions. The sector could not however maintain its growth momentum in the post green revolution years, the strategic growth in agriculture and the accelerated growth in industry reversed the structure of national GDP in Indian economy. Despite these major structural transformations, the agriculture sector continues to accommodate the major share of the workforce. The sector is prone to output fluctuations even after establishing better input facilities and technology like irrigation, High yielding seeds, changes in cropping pattern etc. India is yet to emerge as significant trade partner in the world agriculture market. India holds around 1% of the global trade-in agri commodities. With the ongoing trade negotiations under the WTO, Indian Agriculture needs to reorient its outlook and enhance competitiveness to sustain growth from a demand side. With India being a major negotiator on world agriculture trade, it can be expected that Indian agriculture trade will expand in the years to come. This process started with the India signing the Agreement on Agriculture (AOA) during the Uruguay Round. Now that the fourth Ministerial of WTO at Doha has mandated further negotiations on agriculture trade to improve market access India can look forward to a bright trade prospects in agriculture with proper policy support. Indian Agriculture is witnessing a phase of diversification. Attention has been shifting to high-value crops from traditional crops. This is expected to enable a desired transition in Indian Agriculture from its stagnation to a growth path.The competitive advantages that Indian agriculture processes are (a) Favourable agro-climatic zones (b) Large irrigated lands (c) Gap between present productivity and potential productivity and (d) Availability of skilled, educated, technical and scientific manpower. To leverage the global competitive advantage, Indian agriculture needs intervention in the areas of policy, technology and market access.
Key Initiatives / Information
CII intends to partner with private, public players, financial institutions and NGOs under five main broad activities as listed below to strengthen value chain, human capacities, establish procurement linkages, improve productivity and promote innovations and use of technology.
A document on host Govt Policies for acquisition of land / resources in major countries in Latin America and Caribbean this is developed for the benefit of Indian companies / business entities interested in doing business with the Latin America and Caribbean region.
This booklet is an endeavour to provide preliminary information to its users about host government policy on acquisition of land, availability of agriculture land, major mineral resources and ideal location for setting up industry / business centers in major countries of Latin America. The concerned Indian Missions have extended valuable cooperation and material for compilation of this information.
West Bengal, historically at the forefront of India’s industrial growth and social change, enjoys major benefits of outstanding natural and human resources. With a strong industrial base, it can transform into a manufacturing and employment-generating hub of eastern India and emerge as a central player in India’s vibrant growth story, given the right investment climate and proactive policies. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in The Times of India, Kolkata on 4 April, 2012.
The 2012-13 Budget is largely positive although industry does have some concerns. Many positive changes have been made for infrastructure, agriculture and financial sector, among others. Some more announcements could bolster the many steps announced in the Budget. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in The Hindustan Times on 26 March, 2012.
Just as the government is making efforts at enhancing revenue collection, there must be measures to control expenses. Subsidies must be controlled, and an empowered body created to monitor expenditure. Measures aimed at revival in growth and moderation in inflation must be strengthened. This article by Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII) was published in the Guest Column of The Economic Times on Friday, 23 March, 2012.
The Budget is pragmatic and addresses key supply bottlenecks. Agriculture, social sector and infrastructure expenditure has been increased which will boost the economy.
Opinion piece by the Director General, CII in Indian Express of 2 March, 2012. The Budget must tackle fiscal deficit on an urgent basis. CII's recommendations cover possible revenue and expenditure steps.
In its pre-Budget recommendations, CII has stressed that to revive growth momentum, new avenues must be devised to augment investment. Private investments need to be incentivised in critical areas of the economy. A reforms oriented budget is needed to instill confidence among investors.
Hailing the Indian Government’s recent decision to allow 51% FDI in multi-brand retail and 100% in single-brand retail, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, says the move will benefit the economy and further promote inclusive growth, benefiting farmers, consumers and workers. According to a recent CII-BCG study estimate, an investment of USD 60 billion is required to build modern retail supply chains in India. FDI in Retail will help meet this need, and also bring in the technology, and expertise of foreign retailers. The article appeared in The Financial Express dated 29 November 2011.
In an article featured on the editorial page in the section “Of Ideas” of the Times of India dated 8 November 2011, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII), points out the positive signs in the Indian economy that may be unnoticed in the gloomy global scenario.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announce the Fulbright-Nehru-CII Fellowships for Leadership in Management Program for the academic year 2012-2013. Indian business managers, whose employers would be willing to bear 50% (US$ 18,400) of the total cost (US$ 36,800), may compete to attend this specially designed management program at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh from May 23 to July 31, 2012. Aimed to broaden overall perspectives and to strengthen strategic, functional and leadership skills in global business, this program combines classes with group work, industry visits, and networking.
Complete announcement matter and application materials are available at USIEF website www.usief.org.in.
November 15, 2011 is the application deadline.
Through the Hindu “Business Line” article the author, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII), chronicles the development and evolution of the Indian industry in the post 1991 liberalisation era.
The author dwells upon how companies had to fight for their survival in the post reforms scenario after the Indian industry was thrown open to competition from abroad after many decades of protection. He further elucidates the theme of corporate social responsibility suggesting that it is only now that industry is in a position to give back to society. Mention is also made of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and its key role in supporting the reform process and improving competitiveness.
The author concludes by making a case for heightened private participation in government led interventions for wider, broad based reforms.
Through the Economic Times article the author, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General (CII), makes a case for the government’s responsibility to facilitate land acquisition for the process of industrial development, that he suggests is slowing down due to the lack of land availability.
76th CII Northern Region Business Outlook Survey is a quarterly study conducted to gauge the sentiment in the economy. Earlier, the survey was conducted bi-annually, but from the 74th Survey onwards the study is conducted on a quarterly basis in order to get a more frequent indicator of business sentiment. The current survey gives an outlook on business sentiments for the first quarter of 2011-12 as compared to the last quarter of 2010-11.
First communication from the CII President to all members after assuming the office of CII, President.
CII News Update
The recent RBI circular regarding the revision of limits under the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) – Targets and Classification will boost Agriculture and Allied activities, according to Mr Piruz Khambatta, Chairman, CII National Food Processing Committee and Chairman & Managing Director, Rasna Pvt .....
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Kashmir Chapter today organized an international conference on Post Harvest Management of Apples at Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST) with an aim to accessing International best practices to minimize post harvest wastages and maximize produ.....
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has called for easing of interest rates by at least 100 bps in the current fiscal. At a press conference to unveil the CII theme for 2013-14, the new CII President, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Infosys Limited, said, ‘In order to revive gro.....
The Annual General Meeting and National Conference of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be held on 3rd and 4th April 2013 at New Delhi.
The two-day event would have a galaxy of speakers deliberating on a range of issues that are of importance to India and Indian Industry at the presen.....
Continuous Change and Improvement is the key driver for overall growth of the Organisation said by Dr Krishan Kumar, Former Director, Maruti Centre of Excellence (MACE) in his special address at the 4th Lean Six Sigma Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII ) NR in New Delhi, toda.....
CII in association with US India Business Council (USIBC) and Govt. of Uttar Pradesh organised a Business Summit -“Destination Uttar Pradesh - Investing in Future” 13 March’13 at Vivanta By Taj, Lucknow. The broad focus of the Round Table was to deliberate on UP – US business opportunities. The di.....
Consulting / Advisory Services
The Tamil Nadu Technology Development Promotion Centre provides several services.
CII Food Safety and Quality Division, under the aegis of CII Institute of Quality, Bangalore is a widely recognized service provider focusing on the food and beverage industry.
CII Awards & Recognitions
CII and Export Import Bank of India have, in 1994, jointly established the CII-EXIM Bank Award for Business Excellence, with the aim of enhancing the Competitiveness of India Inc. The Award is based on the internationally recognized EFQM Excellence Model.
The CII Cotton Awards were instituted by CII. Vardhman & few other textile companies supported the silver salvars/mementos which were presented to the selected farmers for achieving high yield in cotton production alongwith some cash awards. The jury comprised of a few technical people from industry and PAU.