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Wednesday, 26 November 2008
"Global financial crisis presents opportunity for MSMEs"

New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India is expected to announce a financing package for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as the sector has been facing credit crunch due to delay in payments and unwillingness on the part of Banks towards offering loans in the backdrop of current global financial scenario, said Mr. Dinesh Rai, Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Government of India.

He was speaking at the India Global Summit on MSMEs 2008, jointly organized here today by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India & Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

"Sending affirmative signals, the Government of India has also appointed a committee of secretaries to look at the problems being faced by the MSME sector, which include arenas of skills development, clusters approach, credit availability, technical and market considerations. Integrating the sector with global players is also of immense importance for the holistic development of India", he further added. Towards the endeavors undertaken by the government are the enactment of MSME act 2006, Prime Minister's Employment Generation Program for generating 37 lakh jobs under the eleventh plan, setting up of National Commission for enterprises in Organized sector, skills development planning commission amongst others.

Strongly indicating the development of MSMEs and reflecting a longstanding relationship with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), CII and NSIC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the occasion. The Mou addresses long-term strategic domain of the sector, which includes points on exposing, offering necessary assistance like joint participation in missions, programs, organization of exhibitions and facilitating technology transfer amongst others.

The event also marked the release of a study done with Indian MSMEs in the B2B domain, named CII - StrategiCom: Benefits of a Strong Brand. The study sets out to explore and measure the benefits of a transforming traditional family owned enterprises into a strong brand in the Indian context. The need for branding as a reason for successful business at MSME level has been explored through the study. The study also attempts to recommend strategies and roadmaps for the sector and its evolution towards becoming a brand in India.

Mr. Bernd Mutzelburg, Ambassador, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, said, "fundamentals of Indian economy are very strong and this is the time that world should look up to India to mitigate the current global crisis. We need a stimulus package for the industry. The potential of MSMEs in India has been recognized. This sector is most flexible and willing to change, with its innovative and cost effective methodologies. The sector needs to focus on infrastructure and technological aspects of the economy."

Understanding the current crisis as a mode of bringing opportunities for the sector, Mr. Subodh Bhargava, Past President, CII & Chairman, Tata Communications Limited spoke about affirmative actions for the MSMEs in Asia and Africa to be leveraged at this point in time. He stated, "more than 50% of the MSMEs are operating out of rural areas. MSMEs have to evolve as global enterprises in future. Many of us are yet to understand the dynamics of operating abroad. Greater participation on understanding the technical, financial and market nuances will be helpful for a futuristic global approach."

Earlier, offering the welcome remarks, Mr. Ramesh Datla, Chairman, CII National MSME Council & Managing Director, Elico Ltd. said, CII has been working in partnership with the Ministry of MSME to explore opportunities in overseas as well as domestic markets. As a part of this agenda CII recently mounted SME delegation to US and Mexico. Out of 250 participants, with a 50% participation from overseas MSME, this summit provides a platform for B2B interactions thus providing a business matchmaking domain.

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, in his concluding remarks stated, "CII is been privileged to gather the perspective of government's representative, International speaker and Industry leaders on MSMEs in the inaugural session. We are happy that the government has been pushing for changes and policy measures that we had recommended. For the past two decades we have been focusing on small industry and MSMEs. Infact, sixty percent of CII membership is from the MSME sector. CII apart form integrating with ITIs, has been operating its own skills development centre paving way towards entrepreneurship."

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