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Written by Anand   
Tuesday, 08 July 2008
Mumbai: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the 5th edition of 'Business Partners Meet 2008', which focused primarily on promotion of Engineering, Automotive & Electrical-Electronics and knowledge based sector in Nashik.

This mega conference & exposition which was inaugurated by Mr A M Khan, IAS, Principal Secretary ' Industries, Govt. of Maharashtra witnessed participation of over 250 delegates and 30 exhibitors from Nashik and nearby areas with interest in engineering, automotive and electrical-electronics industries.

In his Inaugural Speech, Mr Khan expounded on Nashik's transformation from being a trade center, just a few years ago to becoming a vibrant industrial hub today which is proof of the key business potential that the city holds. He said that it is home to many State, National and Multinational establishments and is today being viewed as a major contributor to the growth of businesses and the overall economy of the State. Though some concern areas exist in infrastructure, power, water facilities and skilled manpower, there is little doubt that the city, which is one of the three links of the Golden Urban Triangle, is paving its way in the league of developed cities such as Pune and Mumbai in terms of economic development. Nashik is also fast becoming a hub of knowledge-based industry, besides maintaining its core competitiveness in the manufacturing industry, he added.

He further spoke on the key IT policy of the Government of Maharashtra which is undergoing some changes and invited CII to contribute in any way that it could in helping take IT to the rural masses. He also highlighted the Public-Private Partnership initiatives of the Government of Maharashtra and invited suggestions from the Industry and CII for improving on the 'Single Window' initiative of the GoM, in order to remove the bottlenecks and ease the way forward for the industry and development of Infrastructure in the State.

Further referring to Nashik, he pointed out that the Central Government's ambitious project of Delhi-Mumbai Dedicated Freight Corridor will run through Nashik ' Igatpuri ' Sinnar and therefore, these regions have ample scope for development in the near future. On the current power situation in Maharashtra, Mr Khan said though the State is facing a huge demand-supply gap, steps are being initiated by the Government to bridge this gap and one way that the industry and the consumers could assist in these initiatives is by helping reduce the T&D losses, which are quite huge in same areas in the State. He added that the situation is not as bleak since MIDC areas in Maharashtra  have registered a 7% point drop in T&D losses. He also complimented CII for its efforts in assisting in the development of the industry in the State and the country and also for its efforts in the power sector, giving reference to the Pune model.

Mr Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council & Managing Director, Cummins Generator Technologies India and Mr Pramod Chaudhari, Vice Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council & Chairman, Praj Industries also shared their experience in the Inaugural session. Mr Subbu Hegde, Chairman, CII Nashik Zonal Council & Vice President ' Commercial, BOSCH Ltd., Nashik delivered the Welcome Address.

The objective of this Conference & Exposition was to assist in sustaining the growth momentum and help industries to constantly improvise on upgrading professional know-how and technology to attain higher levels. And that this Business Partners Meet also attempted to provide such a platform, enabling industries to share best practices and also to showcase the potential role that Nashik plays in the development of thriving industries. This event also assisted the industry in facilitating an opportunity to source products and services from successful OEM producers and vendors from the Heavy Engineering, Automobiles and Capital goods industries.

Some of the leading players from the industry who participated in this event were ABB, Mahindra & Mahindra, BOSCH, Cummins India, Tata Motors, Piaggio Vehicles, Western Railways, Bank of Baroda, Siemens, Crompton Greaves, EPCOS and many more.

 
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