Key Initiatives / Information
FMCG Issues taken up by CII include GST; Environment Protection Act notification on use of plastics; Sugar Representation; Cross Border Taxation; Competition Act etc.
CII successfully trained a batch of Afghan trainees in construction skills with the use of power tools. A project is now under way jointly with the Ministry of External Affairs to set up a training institute in Kabul to initially train 1000 Afghans and thereafter hand over the facility to the Afghan Government for further use. This intervention is as part of the Government of India's assistance for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Taking advantage of the considerable strength of younger generation in India, the aging world and requirement of skilled labour both in India and abroad, CII registered a Skills Development Trust with a Skills Development Fund and also created an over arching CII Skills and Knowledge Mission, to guide the functioning of its Skills Development Initiative.
As part of the continued efforts to advocate contemporisation of skills development in the India, CII has been actively advocating the cause by interacting and spreading the message both to the industry and the government on a regular basis. The CII-led Task Force on Skills Development will soon table its recommendations. CII has also meaningfully contributed to the World Bank funded ITI upgradation project and to the concept of the Modular Skills Employment programme of the Government of India for the unorganised sector. Through the skills initiative, CII also plans to suggest a new model for developing public-private-partnership for better functioning of the ITI's, making optimum use of the fund allocated for the same in budget 2007-08.
It has been observed that most of the companies globally do not have a formal sexual harassment policy in place. Seeking to ensure safe working place for women, in 1997 the Supreme Court of India established the Visakha guidelines on sexual harassment. Inspite of this stipulation, there has been a big gap between having a policy in place and actual implementation in spirit and practice.
CII, has since 2005, institutionalised an annual Woman Exemplar Award. In the year 2014, it has been brought under the aegis of the CII Foundation and moving forward it will be known as "CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Awards".The award promotes women empowerment at the community level by discovering & recognising those who have, against all odds, contributed in the fields of Education and Literacy; Health; and, Micro Enterprise, thereby making a significant contribution to the development process in India.
Towards facilitating the availability of bank credit for the SMEs, CII has entered into a MoU with the SME Rating Agency of India Ltd (SMERA). The MoU was signed by Mr Rajesh Dubey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SMERA and Mr Ravi Poddar, Chairman, CII SME Forum at an interactive session with the SME Policy makers organized by the CII, in Chennai, on 28th July 2006.
The recommendations submitted by CII to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 26 August 2009 for development of MSMEs in India.
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) provide the energy for the economy to grow.Stating this in his address at the India Global Summit on MSMEs being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi today, Mr Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, said, "We look at the moon for light, but we miss the fireflies". Substantiating this view, he said that the 26 million MSMEs in the country provide employment to 60 million people, and account for 30% of the manufacturing GDP and 40% of the total exports. So, to promote inclusivity, the focus should necessarily be on taking the MSME sector to a higher growth trajectory, he said.
CII and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) had set up a Joint Task Force in 2008 and given responsibility to KPMG to prepare a report outlining ways and means to enhance economic cooperation between India and Bhutan and identify investment opportunities in Bhutan. KPMG has come out with the report and identified 11 sectors for Indian investment in Bhutan.