CII-SR is working to set-up CII-State Government Joint Consultative Forums in all Southern States

“To accelerate the growth of Southern States, CII – Southern Region will work with State Governments for the development of industrial corridors and push structural reforms on labour, land and agriculture in Southern States. CII will co-ordinate with the Southern State Governments in implementing the priority projects, by setting-up “CII-State Government Joint Consultative Forums” in all southern states on the lines of the one that already exists in Kerala,” said Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, the newly elected Chairman of CII Southern Region.

Outlining CII-SR’s priorities for 2017-18 to media, Mr. Kirloskar said that with a nominal GDP of US$803 billion, the southern region accounts for over 30 per cent of India’s GDP. The region has immense growth potential in sectors like automobile, IT/ITES, healthcare, biotechnology and textile sectors. In order to keep up the growth momentum, CII will work with the State Governments on specific areas such industrial corridors, structural reforms, unlock major infrastructure projects that are currently stuck with the State governments, and launch CII-SR Water Alliance on restoration of lakes and ponds in South India.

Mr. Kirloskar said that CII-SR has taken up the theme of “Vibrant South – Competitiveness, Inclusiveness & Governance” for the Southern Region for 2017-18. Acting on the theme, CII will focus on key enablers such as job creation, skill development and training, affirmative action, women parity, new models of development, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, governance and transparency for accelerating South India’s growth and development.

CII has also come up with a five point agenda that includes: membership engagement, MSME engagement, education & skill development, ease of doing business, and entrepreneurship & startups.

He said that as part of its membership engagement initiatives, it will focus on policy regime transitions, state level manufacturing policies, SMEs cluster programmes, incentives for growth, IT penetration, Technology & IP and global engagement facilitation.

On skill development, CII has identified issues and gaps that need to be addressed to meet the requirements of industry for a skilled workforce and will continue to advocate for changes in the Amendments in the Apprenticeship Act. CII will focus on state skill policy, model career centres, skill gap study, faculty development programmes with industry exposure, industry–institute connect, job fairs and skill development for specially-abled.

To promote entrepreneurship, CII would focus on startup policies, special incentives in manufacturing sector, mentorship of SC and ST entrepreneurs. It will set up startupreneurs forum, engagement of next-gen leaders and recognize young business leaders by presenting prestigious Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards. To achieve equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth, CII seeks to bring in transformation through a complete programme of policy advocacy, knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and “on-ground” model projects. With reference to Ease of Doing Business, CII would focus on moving towards zero physical interface for all clearances / NOCs and ensuring onus of clearances with the State Governments.

Providing an outlook of the Indian economy, Mr. Kirloskar said that CII expects GDP growth of around 7.5-8.0% in 2017-18. “Global investor’s sentiments remains positive with scope for strong inflow of Foreign Direct Investment. The economy of India, in the current fiscal year, would be driven by normal monsoons, GST implementation, budget allocation for infra & rural spending and recovering consumption demand,” he observed.