Kochi: The first day of the ‘Machinery Expo 2016’ exhibition being organised by Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Kerala, witnessed orders worth Rs 1 crore. Around 2,000 entrepreneurs visited the ongoing exhibition at the Adlux Convention Centre at Angamaly.
“More than 1,000 enquiries have been received. The response from the business community is overwhelming on the first day. We have seen genuine customers interacting with the exhibitors, from across the nation, who are displaying an array of machines,” said P M Francis IAS, Director, Department of Industries & Commerce.
Earlier inaugurating the three-day Machinery Expo, Minister for Public Works, Shri V K Ebrahim Kunju said that promoting SME sector is one realistic solution for the growth of industries in Kerala. “Conventional industries and new generation industries should go together to boost industrial climate in the State.”
Pointing out that large-scale industries has become a thing of past in the state, he said the many youngsters are now coming forward to start business in the small scale segments. Small scale industries are more suitable for a state like Kerala as people are well aware of the environmental issues related to large scale industries.
The government has put in place various support systems like single window clearance system for new entrepreneurs in SME sector. However, more efforts are needed at the bureaucratic level to remove hiccups in the implementation stage and to ensure that these government schemes reach the beneficiaries.
“The government is ready to provide all kinds of support to the SME sector and is committed to help youngsters in starting new ventures. The Machinery Expo is an effort in this direction. More than half of the exhibitors are from outside the State”, Francis added.
Shri Jose Thettayil MLA; Karukutty Grama Panchayath President, Shaju V Thekkekkara; Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) Assistant General Manager, Sebastian Thomas, Department of Commerce and Industries Additional Director, K Sudhir; MSME Assistant Director, K C Johnson and Kerala State Small Industries Association (KSSIA) President, K P Ramachandran Nair also spoke on the occasion.
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