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29/10/2014 10:25pm

MSME Min announces 15 new tech centres to scale up competitiveness of SMEs

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (KNN)  Secretary, Ministry of MSME, Madhav Lal today said that about 15 new technology centres will be set up across the country to scale up the competitiveness building of SMEs through clusters. 

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the 7th National Cluster Summit, here, the theme being, “Scaling Up Clusters: Fostering Growth and Employment in SMEs.”

He also highlighted the need for capacity building.  “Value addition is that core principal on which GDP figures can be altered. Capacity Building in areas of cost, productivity, design and soft skills training can altogether transform the growth trajectory of an existing enterprise without a need to invest in infrastructural requirements like land, machinery etc,” he said.

The first day of the summit saw the participation of over 500 delegates including government officials, delegates from overseas and industry stalwarts from small and large enterprises.

Taking inspiration from the Prime Minister’s clarion call for facilitating the growth of competitiveness of Indian manufacturing sector through the ‘zero defect, zero effect’ policy, the CII-ZED Clusters were also launched and a brochure pertaining to the same was released by the Secretary MSME.

The original CII Cluster Competitiveness Roadmap has been customized to provide accelerated results to participating companies. The CII-Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs with a national footprint has for over a decade dedicated its services for building competitiveness of Indian SMEs. A typical cluster is spread over 12-24 months.

The CII-ZED Clusters will focus on fast-tracked competence building of the Indian Manufacturing Sector through intervention in areas like Discipline, Team Work, Zero Defect, Zero Effect on Environment and Sustenance Culture in a power-packed handholding of about 6-24 months.

Also speaking on the occasion, Director General, National Productivity Council, Harbhajan Singh said, “The process of formation of Clusters using the Lean Manufacturing Competitiveness Scheme must be simplified.” He also said it is important to propagate and motivate the MSME sector.

On the other hand, Chairman, National Cluster Summit, Yogesh Munjal talked about simplification of all processes. He said simple processes can help in making the Cluster approach for enhancing competitiveness go viral.

Meanwhile, Principal Advisor, CII, Dr. Sarita Nagpal, proposed that companies must be aspired to take on the path of competitiveness. ZED Cluster companies must be given incentives of recognition possibly through the PMOs website.

The National Cluster Summit is the annual flagship event of the CII-Avantha Centre for Competitiveness for SMEs that aims at giving a new direction to the cluster movement and enable networking amongst Indian SMEs and their Eco System. The highlights of the event are the Kaizen Gallery Exhibition and Cluster Championship and Kaizen Awards which will be given away to companies tomorrow who have excelled through Cluster Approach.  (KNN/ES)

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