The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will be partnering with the Assam Government for overall economic development of the State and will facilitate initiatives that will catalyse development at the grassroots.
A five point agenda for the state, will include skills development, growth of the IT industry enhancing MSME competitiveness in the State through capacity building, boosting food processing including enabling the tea industry to move up the value chain and facilitating healthcare delivery.
S. Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman, Infosys Limited visited the city for two days to meet the chief minister of the state, local industry leaders, IT entrepreneurs, and youth of the city. CII and the state government will constitute a joint task force to work on a five point agenda for overall development of the region.
A skills hub will be set in the state for skills development by CII with active participation consultation with the state government to impart relevant and market demand based skills training. These workshops will also be certified by CII members. The focus will be on bridging the skills gaps in the state.
The CII President in its discussions with the Government of Assam advocated the usefulness of setting up Incubation Centers alongside local engineering colleges for creating IT entrepreneurs. The CII President’s visit also included a brainstorming session on ‘Developing IT Entrepreneurs in the North East’. Knowing that the IT sector in the region is still at a nascent stage, the growth of entrepreneurs is seen as a vital part of development.
Rajiv Bora, IAS, (Principal Secretary – IT) commented “Lot of enablers like IT parks, the IITs etc. are coming up in the state for the development of IT industry” . Gopalakrishnan mentioned that the CII will proactively work on marketing the state as an IT destination and to highlight local success stories which becomes a role model for one and all.
To enhance the competitiveness of the MSME sector in Assam, the CII through its Centre of Excellence for Competitiveness will work with Government of Assam for cluster development programmes in the state. This would be done for the companies operating out of industrial estates in phased manner.
To support healthcare, CII will partner with the Government in setting up super speciality hospitals in the region. Building on the competencies of the region, CII has identified food processing as one of the major areas of collaboration and will partner with the State government on the same.
CII is also actively working with the State Government on implementation of GST and collaborating with the RBI for a 1 per cent reduction in the interest rates on loans. He shared the CII theme for 2013-14 as “Accelerating Economic Growth”. He expressed concern about the slowing down of GDP growth and shared CII’s ten point agenda in the short run to revive economic growth.
Abhijit Barooah, Co-Chairman of CII’s North East Council shared the excellent success story of the BYST-CII-Government of Assam Youth Entrepreneurship Programme which has already created several first generation micro entrepreneurs through a unique micro enterprise model.
Gopalakrishnan interacted with business and industry leaders of the state apart from a dialogue session with the youth during his visit to the city. To sum it all up, Gopalakrishnan said, “The region is in a threshold of an exciting transition, we can seize this opportunity for prosperity and development.”