Tamil Nadu is located in the South lying in the peninsula between the Bay of Bengal in the East, the Indian Ocean in the South, the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the West. Chennai has emerged as the hub of commercial activities due to its strategic location which has given it a competitive advantage. Its climate favours port operations all round the year which is a big plus point. It has a fantastic network of banking and financial institutions. Besides this, it also has modern telecommunication infrastructure. There three modern harbours and 16 minor ports; of these, two namely Chennai and Tuticorin Ports are currently equipped with container handling facilities. Gross State Domestic Product: The structural composition of the state economy has remained more or less the same over the past few years. Tamil Nadu has been performing well on the economic front with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) at Rs.228479 crores at current prices ($48.61 billion) in 2008-09. At constant prices (1999-2000 prices), the GSDP was Rs.203485 crores (US $ 43.3 billion). It has been growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.26 per cent from 1999-00 onwards. In the last 5 years since 2004 - 05 to 2008 - 09, the state economy grew at an average annual growth rate of 8.71 per cent. Tamil Nadu's per capita income is one of the highest in India and from $421.2 in 2000,it has grown to $718 in 2008-09 which is quite high. The annual income of the households is also a prime determinant of the level of prosperity and if there are good number of households falling under the high income group, it means the state is economically progressing and is on its way to development. A comparison of distribution of households by various income categories in Tamil Nadu vis-à-vis all-India shows that the share of households in higher income categories in Tamil Nadu is more or less same, especially in case of urban households. In the lowest income category of less than $1,667, only 14.3 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s urban households are present, as compared to 12.1 per cent of all India urban households.
Key Initiatives / Information
NEW DELHI – Starting December 1, the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will be the U.S. Mission to India’s sole blanket L category visa acceptance and processing center ("blanket” L visas are issued to managers, executives, or specialized knowledge professionals transferring within their company). Companies throughout India will be requested to send blanket L applicants exclusively to Chennai for visa interviews. The L1B and L1A categories include specialized knowledge professionals, executives and managers transferring to the United States.
The year 2010-11 has been remarkable for CII Tamil Nadu in achieving many milestones. The Six-Point Agenda based on the theme “Enhance, Empower and Emerge: An Inclusive Growth for Tamil Nadu” gave an unique opportunity to focus upon growth sectors and we take immense pleasure in stating that using the approach of cooperation, collaboration and co-action, we have set the path for an inclusive growth in Tamil Nadu. Sunrise sector development and economic progress of Southern Regions were high points of our inclusive growth focus this year.
The CII Tamil Nadu Annual Session was held on 14 March 2011 in Chennai.
At a time when words such as “climate change” and “global warming” are being widely used by the common man, one wonders if these terms make sense to the lay person, especially school children. In an attempt at simplifying the complexities of “Global warming,” CII had released an e-module on Environment titled Stop! In the Name of Earth, both in English and Tamil.
The main aim of cyber terrorists today is to cripple critical infrastructure of a country by cyber attacks to further the causes they espouse for as a terrorist group. In their wish lists are critical infrastructure like telecommunications, electric grids, transportation networks, banking & finance, water supply , fuel production & supply chains, military complexes , government operations .and emergency services.
Article by Chandrajit Banerjee on manufacturing policy of India published in the Economic Times, Chennai edition on 26 April 2010.
An article on Emerging Cyber Security Trends for 2010 by Mr Ganesan R, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore – 641 014
Entrepreneurship is the professional application of knowledge, skills and competencies and/or of monetizing a new idea, by an individual or a set of people by launching an enterprise de novo or diversifying from an existing one (distinct from seeking self employment as in a profession or trade), thus to pursue growth while generating wealth, employment and social good. India has been an entrepreneurial society…we had the entrepreneurial skill but suppressed it for too long a time…and now it is thriving. The entrepreneurial spirit is an ongoing characteristic of India’s history, particularly visible in a number of communities engaged primarily in trading. In a view to showcase the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and showcase the Emerging Entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu, Confederation of Indian Industry in association with Business Line announced the first edition of the CII Tamil Nadu Emerging Entrepreneur Awards in 2010.
Whenever we hear a word ‘Disruption’ – somehow it leads to a negative feeling. After all, as humans we are averse to change and disruption by nature disturbs the normal rhythm of life and forces you the change the course. Now, let’s look at this word from a marketer’s perspective and it becomes even more dreaded! Who wants some tiny David to come and disturb Goliath’s party? But, the CII Brand Summit 2010 was a great success with views from thought leaders around the globe made this word a favorite amongst the participants.
Be the Chennai you want to be
The objectives of the Conference are to facilitate knowledge flow by working with international organisations through bi-lateral/multi-lateral cooperation mechanisms, know the effects of high technology on internal security; forging partnerships for collaborative research and product development with Indian industry and interacting with the government to establish policy. The conference shall pave way for collaborative industrial product development, exploring new markets and mutual investment opportunities. The conference could play a vital role in understanding the current security requirements with reference to businesses and other societal requirements.
CII Southern Region organised the first edition of Innovator 2009 on February 12th 2010 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai.
CII established the College Excellence Cluster Programme in Southern Region to enable high frequency, qualitative interaction between academic institutions and industry. This platform aims to bridge the various gaps between academia and create a model through which colleges can work with industry and provide students, teachers and the college community with an exposure to current industry environment and practices. This initiative would allow the colleges to benchmark themselves and engage with industry. This could also provide colleges with an opportunity to involve themselves in projects, research and development with industry thereby strengthening their institution and providing industry with value addition in the form of academic research.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) established in India an Industrial Subcontracting and Partnership EXchange (SPX) in 2007. SPX is a technical information and matchmaking centre for industrial subcontracting, supply chain management and partnerships between buyers and suppliers, aiming at optimizing the manufacturing capacities and capabilities of the affiliated enterprises.
CII is partnering with UNIDO’s Consolidated Project for SME Development in India. It is an Italian Funded Project implemented by UNIDO in partnership with the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). The project in Southern Region on Investment and Technology Promotion focuses on three sectors: Auto components, Leather and Footwear.
Skills development projects are running across the length & breadth of the country with 20 projects already being successfully completed. Projects cover both rural & urban areas. Currently the projects are running in the rural areas in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.
Consulting / Advisory Services
CII assist member companies towards preparation of Project Proposals using the Company Project Profile (CPP) Software developed by UNIDO for associations. It covers all the critical parameters that are required in a project proposal that are sought by the evaluators. It is a tool standardized by UNIDO after long years of experience in the international market.
CII offers Feasibility Analysis and Reporting Services for MSMEs to enable MSMEs to prepare proposals for funding or Joint Ventures. This service is being provided using a Computer model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting (COMFAR) software developed by UNDO. This software permits the user to simulate the short- and long-term financial and economic situation of investment projects. The software facilitates the analysis of industrial as well as non-industrial projects, whether new investments, rehabilitations, expansions, joint venture or privatization projects.
CII News Update
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) organized a Conference on Indo-UK Collaboration in Healthcare here today in Chennai.
The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, British Cabinet Minister and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, during his Chief Guest addres.....
CII Southern Region would focus on the theme - “Accelerating Growth - Conscious Competitiveness” for the year 2013-14 said, Mr B Santhanam, Chairman, CII – Southern Region while addressing his maiden Press Conference in Chennai on 2 May 2013.
Mr Santhanam said that CII-Southern Region’s agenda.....
“Adapting to new technologies, enhancing value proposition to customers and investing in future are key to survive in times of uncertainty” said Mr S Mahalingam, Past Chairman, CII Southern Region & Former CFO, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd in his special address at the India Finance Forum orga.....
“Tamil Nadu is an internationally recognized State in the healthcare sector, as it offers high quality, cost effective healthcare services of global standards”, said Mr Mike Nithavrianakis, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission in his inaugural address a the 2-Day International.....
MR B SANTHANAM, CHAIRMAN
MR NAVAS MEERAN, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
Hyderabad, March 23, 2013. Mr B Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd, Chennai has been elected as the Chairman of CII – Southern Region for the year 2013 -14. His name was announced at the first meeting of the r.....
“Tamil Nadu has outperformed the rest of the country in the automotive sector and emerges as a most preferred investment destination for Japanese investment in the automotive sector”, said Mr. L Ganesh, Past Chairman, CII - Southern Region & Chairman, Rane Group in his address at the Seminar on ‘Ta.....
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry has launched India’s first `Green Landscape Rating System’. With a vision of achieving at least 33% green landscape coverage in the urban cities in the country by 2020, the rating system was launched by Mr R Par.....
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the Indian Women Network (IWN) in Chennai on 23 January 2013. IWN is an exclusive forum which would aim to provide a platform for women from all walks of life to come together to discuss, debate and collaborate on creating an environment for mo.....
Confederation of Indian Industry (Southern Region) in association with the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai organised a Meeting with the UK Health Sector Mission in Chennai on 17 January 2013. The UK delegation was led by Ms Anna Soubry, Health Minister, Government of the United Kingdom.
Prof C K Prahalad’s Bust Unveiled at CII Southern Region Headquarters
“Prof C K Prahalad was and will be a guiding force for industry and people of our country. It is time for us to celebrate his contributions and recognize our responsibility to translate his vision to reality”, said Mr. Adi G.....
CII Awards & Recognitions
The Leadership and Excellence Award in Environment Health & Safety (EHS) Award was instituted in the year 2002. The aim is to recognize, motivate and facilitate corporates to adopt innovative practices in EHS.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (SR) through its Education Sub-Committee, launched the first edition of Innovator 2009 on 12th February 2010 at Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Chennai. The Sub Committee initiated this unique event this year under the Chairmanship of Dr R Mahadevan, Group Technology Director, India Pistons Ltd. Innovator is a competition aimed at identifying and showcasing the innovative ideas of college students from Technical, Business and Social streams in the Southern Region. It is a three stage project centric contest designed to test the technical/business and social concepts, presentation and creative skills of the participants.
Confederation of Indian Industry (Southern Region) has launched the Eighth edition of the "Leadership and Excellence Award in Environment Health & Safety (EHS) for the year 2009" in cooperation with SHRIRAM EPC Limited.
The EHS Award was instituted in the year 2002 and it has been grand success every year and has received tremendous response from the industries in the Southern Region.
QC Circles play a very important role in involving a wide cross section of employees for improving quality within an organization through participation. In an effort to spread the awareness of the need to Total Quality Management among membership in the Southern Region, CII has been conducting the Quality Circle Convention in the southern region for the last 22 years. The Regional Convention, which is an annual feature, is a build-up of the State Conventions that take place throughout the year as part of CII’s continuous thrust towards strengthening the quality movement in India. The convention provides a unique opportunity to motivate Workers to form Quality Circles within the organization and facilitates the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences on various approaches to problem solving through Quality Circles. Each team participating at the convention would be make presentations of their QC Stories to the jury. The first three winners at the Regional Competitions would participate in the CII National QC Circle Convention.
5S is a five-step technique for creating and maintaining a good housekeeping at workplace, which makes it free of clutter, well-organized and clean. Once fully implemented, the 5S process can increase morale, create positive impressions on customers and increase efficiency and organization. The effect of 5S on continuous improvement can lead to less waste, better quality and faster lead times. All of which make an organization more profitable and competitive in the market place.
Kaizen (Japanese for "improvement" or "change for the better") is a philosophy or set of practices that focus on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, supporting business processes, and management. The Kaizen concept stimulates productivity improvement as an ongoing process in companies. The Kaizen Competition of CII Southern Region is organized every year to recognize and encourage member companies which give importance to continuous improvements through Kaizens. The competition is conducted for operators and supervisors of member companies from manufacturing and service sectors. In order to encourage competitiveness through Kaizens among small scale industries, a special recognition is given for the best small scale organization which participates in the competition. The competition awards member companies who have adopted Kaizens not only at the shop floor but also from the office area, scrap yard, stores etc.
India’s premier ICT Event, Connect has been the forum for Indian ICT industry to confer on latest Trends & Developments. The event in the past has seen industry leaders and policy makers come together and exchange insights and views on accelerating the growth and sustainability of the Indian ICT Sector.