MSME Summit-2012 on “Innovation & Clusters” held at FICCI


Stefanie Bauer

23rd Feb., 2012 FICCI’s MSME Summit with the theme “Innovation & Clusters” held at FICCI, Federation House, New Delhi. The summit was jointly organized by FICCI & Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium enterprises, Govt. of India. The role & scope of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium enterprises in the overall industrial economy of India were discussed extensively. The Government of India has taken different initiatives to strengthen this sector. The policy framework of 12th Five Year Plan for the development of MSMEs was also the hot topic of the summit. The advanced technologies facilitate the business and help an organization to gain. I am fine a competitive edge over the other. It not only makes the work easier and faster but helps an organization achieve economies of scale. Best practices should be adopted and if they are not accessible then Research should be promoted to develop similar kind of technology and capacity building in India.

The panel discussion on new emerging technologies and best practices being adopted worldwide for encouraging R&D and innovation amongst MSMEs for improving their competitiveness and sustainability. The benefits of adopting green and clean technologies was another important issue discussed in the Summit. Mr.Sanjay Bhatia,Chairman, FICCI MSME Committee &CMD, Hindustan Tin Works Ltd., Mr.R.C.M.Reddy,Co-Chairman, FICCI MSME Committee & MD, IL&FS Clusters, Dr.K.Ranarajan, Head, Centre for MSME Studies, IIFT, Mr. Radha Krishna Mathur, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Dr.Ashwani Kumar-Hon’ble Minister of State for Ministryof Science & Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences & Ministry of Planning, Dr.Rajiv Kumar, Secretary General FICCI, Mr.R.Gopalakrishnan, Member Secretary, NIC & Additional Secretary, Govt. of India, Mr.Mukesh Gulati, Executive Director, Foundation for MSME Clusters, Thomas Lammer-Gamp, Director, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, Germany, young Technical advisor Ms.Stefanie Bauer, Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) GmbH., Mr. Arun Maira,Member, Planning Commission, Mr. Amarendra Sinha, DC- MSME, Govt. of India, Mr. George Abraham, Chairman, CACCI SME Development council & CMD, The GA Group Pte Ltd. Singapore, Manfred Hans Haebig, Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Internationale Zusammenabeit(GIZ) GmbH, Mr.H.K.Mittal, Secretary, National Technology Development Board, Mr.A. Pradhan, Head, National Research Development , Corporation(NRDC), Ms. Dona Kidwell, Programme Manager, IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Paul Comyn, Senior vocational Training & Skill Development Specialist, ILO Decent Work Team for South Asia, Mr.Poul Jensen, Director, European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) India, Mr. N.K. Maini, Deputy Managing Director, SIDBI, Mr. Anil Sinha, Regional Head, Advisory Services, South Asia, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), Ms. Sharon Bureau, Executive Director, Small Enterprise Finance Centre, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Mr. Luke Simon Jordan, Competitive Industries Practice, Financial & Private Sector Development, The World Bank Group were the main speakers of the Summit. It was a successful event & attended by hundreds of delegates from all parts of India.