Trivandrum: In tune with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) national theme of ‘Build India, Invest in Development, a shared responsibility’, the CII’s Southern Region has its regional theme as ‘Smart South with a special focus on skills and manufacturing’.
CII will launch several regional initiatives aimed at promoting Women and Dalit entrepreneurs, CSR activities, and focus on infrastructure and skill development, aimed at promoting growth in competitiveness among the southern States. These were some of the key takeaways from the two-day CII Southern Regional Council Meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram.
Interacting with the media on CII’s regional initiatives, Rajshree Pathy, Chairperson, CII (Southern Region) said, “Mentoring of women professionals and entrepreneurs would be a prime focus area of the CII in Kerala. The Indian Women Network, an initiative of the CII with over 1,000 women entrepreneurs, would provide a platform for the women entrepreneurs from the State to learn and share skills and tap emerging opportunities. CII is the only industry body to have such a programme. CII would also give attention to women in family business.”
Giving details about the special initiatives of CII in Kerala, Hari Krishnan Nair, Chairman, CII Kerala State Council said, “The Government of Kerala CII Consultative Forum (GCCF) has been meeting regularly and has suggested procedural changes for the ease of doing business in the State. GCCF has been having District wise interaction with Industries Department & DIC to achieve this goal.”
He also added that a white paper on comparative productivity indices – Kerala vs other States will be published in the next three months. CII is also working with Government agencies like ASAP and KASE on skill development.
Ramesh Datla, Deputy Chairman, CII (Southern Region) said, “Helping existing entrepreneurs scale up from a regional point of view is another agenda of CII. A vendor development programme will be rolled out in Kerala with the help of Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI). This would promote Dalit vendors and entrepreneurs and also help them develop business leadership.”
Mahesh Natarajan, Regional Director, CII (Southern Region) added that CII would push for initiatives like ‘Make in and Made in Kerala’ while working with the government as much as possible. Key sectors like Agro, Medical Tourism, Food Processing and Marine with a special focus on value added products would boost the local economy.
The CII Southern Region comprises the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
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