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ILO-KOICA shows interest in improving skills of MSMEs, startups in Odisha

Updated: Feb 15, 2019 06:00:01am

ILO-KOICA shows interest in improving skills of MSMEs, startups in Odisha

Odisha, Feb 15 (KNN) International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have expressed their keen interest in setting up a mechanism for improving skills of MSMEs and startups in Odisha to improve their business sustainability and enhance competitiveness.

A delegation of KOICA led by its director Sang Hoon Jung and Senior Sustainable Enterprise Development Specialist of ILO Kelvin Sergeant met Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here.

With regard to this, ILO officials proposed capacity building of Startup Odisha and District Industries Centres (DICs) for upscaling innovation, startups and new generation entrepreneurship.

Whereas, KOICA team evinced their interest in assisting the skilled Odisha initiative, especially in areas of beauty and wellness, mechatronics and engineering.

Also, possibility of facilitating exchange visits of industry associations of Odisha and Korea for B2B interaction and participation of MSMEs of the State and Korea in their respective international trade fairs including Invest Odisha were also discussed.

The ILO-KOICA delegation also held discussions with Additional Chief Secretary of MSME department LN Gupta who showcased the progress Odisha has made in food processing, chemical and petrochemicals, textiles and apparel, electronics manufacturing and tourism.

During the interaction, it was also proposed to facilitate collaboration between Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (IED) and Korea Small Business Institute for conducting quality entrepreneurship programme for MSMEs and startups.

The delegation was also apprised of the fast growing startup ecosystem in the State.


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