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CII Communique July 2017

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CII has strong links with key economic partners of India across the globe. This past month, CII delegations traveled to Russia, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, and South Korea, to engage with leading decision-makers of influential countries and organizations to forge solutions to drive the country’s growth, sustainability and stability agenda. Our cover story highlights the keenness of Indian industry to explore overseas markets for both trade and investment, and integrate itself into the dynamic global value chain.

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CII Communique July 2017

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  3. 3. Edited, printed and published by Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, on behalf of Confederation of Indian Industry fromThe Mantosh Sondhi Centre, 23, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003, Tel: 91-11-24629994-7, Fax: 91-11-24626149, Email: info@cii.in, Website: www.cii.in Printed at Lustra Print Process Pvt. Ltd., K No. 51/21, Rohad, Bahadurgarh (Haryana), PIN Code-124507  Registration No. 34541/79 Journal of the Confederation of Indian Industry We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Do write to us at communique@cii.in Contents Volume 39  No. 07  July 2017 newsmaker 03 Interaction with the Prime Minister of India spotlight 22 International Day of Yoga mindspace 24 Facilitating the Transition to GST 25 'Industry is happy that GST has been Introduced' 27 A Historical Tax Reform Building Capacity 30 India moves up in the Global Innovation Index Rankings cover story 05 Deepening Indian Industry’s Global Footprint CII has strong links with key economic partners of India across the globe. This past month, CII delegations traveled to Russia, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, and South Korea, to engage with leading decision-makers of influential countries and organizations to forge solutions to drive the country’s growth, sustainability and stability agenda. Our cover story highlights the keenness of Indian industry to explore overseas markets for both trade and investment, and integrate itself into the dynamic global value chain. plus... portfolio for excellence Societal Interface REGIONAL REVIEW ... AND MORE
  4. 4.      Communiqué July 2017  |  3 newsmaker A CII delegation, led by Ms Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, had the honor of calling on Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on 13 June in New Delhi. During the hour-long interaction, Mr Modi shared his perspectives and vision for the Indian economy, and guided CII on potential CII Interaction with the Prime Minister of India activities and initiatives that it could take up. The CII delegation included Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President Designate, Mr Uday Kotak, Vice President, Dr Naushad Forbes, Immediate Past President, Mr Ajay S Shriram, Past President, and Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, with Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, at an interaction in New Delhi Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, with (L-R) Uday Kotak, Vice President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairman and MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd; Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President Designate, CII, and Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII; Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, and Government officials
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  6. 6.      Communiqué July 2017  |  5 Deepening Indian Industry’s Global Footprint A fter several years of disturbed conditions and volatility in the global economy, signs of growth and stability are visible. The International Monetary Fund has forecast global growth to strengthen to around 3.5% for the next couple of years, led by the emerging economies. At the same time, political conditions seem to be changing, and there is a distinct negative sentiment regarding globalization. In recent years, the global trade architecture too has been shifting. Mega Free Trade Agreements like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) of the US and the EU, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership of ASEAN plus 6, including India, are proof of WTO plus and WTO extra commitments. The issue is how to continue on the growth path and make sure economies do not come to early stagnation points. For India, global growth conditions have become a vital factor for its own progress. The subdued environment of the last few years has had a direct impact on our growth story. This is indeed a challenging time for Indian industry, which is looking at overseas markets for both trade and investment opportunities. Indian industry, despite all the hurdles on the domestic front resulting from infrastructure gaps and problems of financing, is eager to integrate itself into the dynamic global value chain. After two years of downturn, India’s exports finally expanded in 2016-17 cover story India and the world
  7. 7. 6  |  July 2017 Communiqué by 5.3% to $276 billion. However, this is still below the level of exports in 2011-12, which was well over $300 billion.The top five export destinations for the country in 2016-17 were the US, UAE, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Foreign direct investment (FDI) has emerged as a vital success story for the country in the last three years, which witnessed about $160 billion flowing in, a third of the cumulative FDI since April 2000. With about 30 sectors being liberalized, and the abolition of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), India presents an open and attractive market for overseas investors. The Government is keenly promoting India’s overseas relations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself visited over 50 countries, and has signed a number of agreements for greater trade and investments. The ambit of economic relations is widening to include energy, climate change, urbanization, technology and R&D, and space, among others. Defense has emerged as a key sector of cooperation as India has liberalized its defense manufacturing sector and is encouraging the participation of global majors to help it develop into a manufacturing hub for defense equipment, with the relevant technologies. CII engages strongly with key economic partners of India through different platforms. This past month, a strong 54-member CEOs delegation led by the President, CII, participated in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 (SPIEF) in Russia for the ninth consecutive year, to engage with leading decision-makers of emerging economic powers to forge solutions to drive the growth and stability agenda. At the Horasis India meeting at Interlaken, Switzerland, top investors came together to learn more about recent reforms and new opportunities in India. CII also traveled to Germany with the Prime Minister, on his second visit to the country, and had useful interactions with German industry. In the UK, CII's annual CEOs’ mission met with a range of senior Government, industry, and academia members to understand the implications of Brexit for India. Alongside, CII facilitated missions for State Governments such as Chhattisgarh, where the Chief Minister led a Government and industry delegation to South Korea and Japan. Such interactions deepen the overseas footprint of Indian industry. As the world realigns with emerging realities, India has the opportunity to capture more space in multiple manufacturing and services sectors. cover story
  8. 8.      Communiqué July 2017  |  7 C oinciding with the visit of Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, to Russia, CII organized a strong 54-member CEOs Delegation to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 (SPIEF) from 1-3 June. The delegation, led by Ms Shobana Kamineni, President CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, included 12 members of the CII India-Russia CEOs Forum. CII has been organizing the CEOs delegation to the SPIEF for the past 9 years. The SPIEF gathers leading decision-makers of emerging economic powers to identify and deliberate on the key challenges facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world at large, while engaging communities to find common purpose and establish frameworks to forge solutions to drive the growth and stability agenda. Over 8000 delegates registered for the Forum this year. The Prime Minister of India was the Guest of Honor, and India was accorded Guest Country status at SPIEF 2017, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic relations between India and Russia this year. The members of the CII India-Russia CEOs Forum called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, at Konstanin Palace in St Petersburg, where they discussed issues to help boost bilateral economic relations between the two countries. EAEU-India Partnership Speaking at a session on ‘Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) – India: A Strategic Partnership,’ at SPIEF, Mr Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and CEOs Delegation to SPIEF 2017 Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Commerce & Industry, India, with Indian and Russian CEOs at the Make in India Lounge in St Petersburg, Russia CII has been organizing the CEOs delegation to SPIEF for the past 9 years, to engage with decision-makers of emerging economic powers to find common purpose and establish frameworks to forge solutions to drive the growth and stability agenda cover story
  9. 9. 8  |  July 2017 Communiqué Industry, India, stated that the Government of India, as well as the Governments of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member countries, have decided to launch negotiations for an India-EAEU free trade agreement (FTA) shortly. India’s trade with the EAEU region is barely $8.4 billion, which is well below potential. It is for this reason that India and the EAEU set up a Joint Feasibility Study Group to prepare a report on the India – EAEU FTA at SPIEF in 2015, he said. The report has since been finalized and accepted by the Governments on both sides, following which negotiations on the FTA are to be launched, he added. Mr Ramesh Abhishek called for promoting connectivity between India and the EAEU region. The International North South Transport Corridor would be extremely critical for this, he said. Highlighting the role being played by the ‘Green Corridor’ in promoting trade facilitation between India and Russia, he felt the Corridor could be extended to the other EAEU countries in due course. Ms Veronika Nikishina, Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission, pointed out that the EAEU has so far concluded only one FTA, with Vietnam, and the one with India would be the second. This demonstrates the importance the EAEU accords to India, she said. A strong FTA between India and the EAEU would help strengthen the strategic partnership between the two, said Ms Shobana Kamineni. Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said the potential India-EAEU FTA is just one part of the strategic partnership. It will provide a foundation for further deepening of ties between India and members of the EAEU, he added. India – Russia Business Dialogue A dedicated cell would be set up within Invest India to promote Russian investment in India. The cell would provide hand-holding services to Russian companies who wish to enter India, said Mr Ramesh Abhishek, addressing the India-Russia Business Dialogue organized by CII in cooperation with the DIPP, during the SPIEF. India, he said, has undertaken several reforms that are Atul Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary, DIPP; Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, DIPP; Satish Reddy, Co-Chair, India-Russia CEOs Forum, and Chairman, Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, and Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, inaugurating the Make in India Lounge at SPIEF 2017 Valeriy Dovbnia, CEO, Cyrillica LLC; Vineet Mittal, MD, Welspun Energy; R V Deshpande, Minister of Large & Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Karnataka; M V Ramana, EVP and Head – Branded Markets, Dr Reddy’s Labs, and D V Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Karnataka, at a session at the Make in India Lounge at SPIEF 2017 cover story
  10. 10.      Communiqué July 2017  |  9 Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, with Indian and Russian CEOs at the India-Russia CEOs Meet at the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg making it a more attractive place to do business, such as the introduction of GST, and the new Bankruptcy Code, among others. Alongside, flagship campaigns launched by the Government of India are creating numerous opportunities for Russian companies in India, in areas spanning defence manufacturing, ship-building, smart cities, manufacturing, and infrastructure development, among others, he said. Ms Shobana Kamineni felt that the India-Russia relationship needs to evolve from being a buyer-seller one to one of collaboration for technology transfer and joint production in key sectors. Projects such as the cover story ‘Green Corridor’ between India and Russia to promote trade facilitation, and the International North South Transport Corridor need to be expedited, she said. Mr Chandrajit Banerjee called on Indian and Russian companies to work together in knowledge and technology-based sectors in line with the fourth industrial revolution. Panelists at the session highlighted the emerging opportunities in areas such as infrastructure development, energy, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, IT and transportation, among others. C II and Horasis co-hosted the Horasis Global India Business Meeting on 25-26 June in Interlaken, Switzerland. The Meeting was supported by the Bern Economic Development Agency. A 20-member CII delegation, led by Ms Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, attended the meeting. Horasis is a 'Global Visions Community' and an Horasis Global India Business Meeting international organization committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future. It provides strategic foresight to public and private entities who envisage growing into global and sustainable organizations. The Horasis India Meeting is the foremost annual meeting of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts in Europe. Through this meeting, Horasis offers business and Government a platform to discuss a wide range of issues related to the Indian economy. The 2017 Meeting explored Indian firms’ rise to global eminence while engaging the Horasis global visions community for dialogue and impact. Around 300 senior decision-makers engaged in a discussion on how India's economy can grow rapidly and sustainably. They also examined how Indian companies can use Europe as a springboard for globalization. CII CEOs delegation with Marie Gabrielle Ineischen-Fleisch, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Switzerland, at the Horasis Global India Business Meeting, in Interlaken
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  12. 12.      Communiqué July 2017  |  11 G ermany is among India’s most important partners, both bilaterally and in the global context, said Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, at the inaugural session of the Indo-German Business Summit in Berlin on 30 May. However, the economic partnership between the two countries is still below its full potential. India is ready with open arms to welcome German companies to enhance this partnership, he added. Ms Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, advocated relaunching the free trade negotiations between the EU and India. A great many protectionist trends can currently be seen in the world. Germany, by contrast, is keen on fair global trade, she declared, to an audience of top business leaders from both countries. Strengthening ties with Germany A CII CEOs’ delegation, led by Ms Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, visited Berlin coinciding with the Prime Minister’s visit to Germany, and participated in the session, organized by APA-BDI, in partnership with CII and other partners. Dr Hubert Lienhard, Chairman, APA, and President and CEO, Voith GmbH, introduced the session. Ms Shobana Kamineni complimented Prime Minister Modi for three outstanding years of reforms, where Indian industry has experienced major results on the ground, accompanied by a surge in business confidence. Earlier, the CII CEOs attended the Leaders' Luncheon Meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel, held at the German Chancellery, which was addressed by both leaders. The delegation had an opportunity to speak about their business interests in Germany and highlight issues and concerns. The Business Summit featured a panel discussion on ‘Indo-German Business Cooperation – The Way Forward.’ Mr Baba N Kalyani, CMD, Bharat Forge Ltd, participated in the panel discussion on behalf of CII. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, with Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, during the Indo-German Business Summit in Berlin At the discussion on 'Indo-German Business Cooperation – The Way Forward' in Berlin A CII CEOs’ Delegation visited Berlin coinciding with the Prime Minister’s visit to Germany, and participated in the Indo-German Business Summit cover story
  13. 13. 12  |  July 2017 Communiqué India and Germany Forging New Linkages The Prime Minister’s second visit to Germany promises to scale up trade and investment cooperation to greatly benefit both sides G ermany is one of India’s most significant trading partners, and India’s largest trading partner in the European Union. The two countries share strong business and economic ties, based on common principles of democracy as well as common views on international trade. In a changing regional landscape, the two countries can forge new linkages, including in emerging industries, to leverage each other’s strengths. German industry has been present in India since long, and has contributed significantly to the country's development through various initiatives. The India- Germany partnership received a major boost in 2015 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Germany, when India was partner country for the Hannover Messe 2015, the world’s biggest industrial fair. At the trade fair, the Prime Minister unveiled the iconic ‘Make in India’ symbol and launched the manufacturing mission. He promised an open and smooth investment climate for German companies, and called for greater participation from German businesses in India. The strategic partnership between the two countries has been further strengthened by the Inter-governmental Consultation (IGC), aimed at increasing cooperation and identifying potential areas of bilateral trade and investment. The third IGC was held in New Delhi in October 2015, with the fourth held during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Germany on 29-30 May, this year. Germany is India’s sixth largest trading partner, with total trade between the two rising from $15 billion in 2007-08 to $18.73 billion in 2016-17. India’s exports to Germany have increased from $5.1 billion to $7.2 billion over the last decade, while Indian imports from Germany increased from $9.9 billion to $11.5 billion in the same period. cover story India’s trade with Germany is well-diversified and composed primarily of manufactured products. Among India’s top imports from Germany, machinery and parts occupy the leading position followed by electrical machinery and equipment, medical equipment, vehicles and parts, and plastics. Major Indian exports to Germany include machinery and parts, followed by apparel and clothing accessories, organic chemicals, and vehicles and parts. In the last few years, Indian investments in Germany have been steadily increasing. Indian corporate entities have invested more than $6 billion in Germany as on December 2016, while Germany is India’s 7th largest foreign direct investor in cumulative terms at $9.7 billion. The India-Germany partnership is likely to grow stronger in the coming years, given India’s expected high rate of growth. Key sectors of opportunity for German companies in India include manufacturing, infrastructure, technology and services. The Indian Government is keen to promote ‘Make in India' with an expanding role in advanced and high-technology sectors. Germany’s strategy of Industry 4.0 can be a good template, as also an area of partnership. Sectors such as automotives, pharmaceuticals, and machinery are strong areas of cooperation.German companies could consider more sectors for manufacturing partnerships, such as industrial automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Indian software companies too could be good partners for the evolving smart manufacturing sphere. The India-Germany cooperation agreement in vocational training, apprenticeship, and skill development can be stepped up greatly. India can learn valuable lessons from Germany’s dual system, a vocational training system considered one of the best in the world.
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  15. 15. 14  |  July 2017 Communiqué A skill development university could be considered by Germany. Another important area where the two countries can collaborate is urban development. A joint working group has been set up on sustainable urban development to work on urban planning and infrastructure. The focus areas include renewable energy, water management, urban waste management and energy efficiency. CII is facilitating a German consortium for cooperation in India's Smart City initiative. Both sides should also undertake initiatives for the promotion of MSME cooperation to achieve bilateral trade targets. The ‘Make in India Mittelstand’ program launched at the 3rd IGC proposes to facilitate the entry of German MSMEs in India. German assistance and cooperation is also key to the success of the Indian Government’s plans for its railway sector. The important areas where assistance will be required include modernization of railway infrastructure, semi-high speed and high-speed railways, and training of railway personnel. There is a need to expand the list of educational and professional qualifications from India which are recognized by Germany. The list should be expanded to include degrees in accounting, legal services, medicine and others, to promote services cooperation. Finally, support from the German Government is essential for fast-tracking the India-EU Free Trade Agreement, which will usher in greater economic and strategic cooperation between the two nations and strengthen the bilateral trade relationship. As two of the largest and most stable economies of their respective regions, India and Germany enjoy huge advantages in building their economic engagement. The Prime Minister’s second visit to Germany promises to scale up their trade and investment cooperation to greatly benefit both sides. cover story
  16. 16.      Communiqué July 2017  |  15 M s Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, led a high-profile CEOs delegation to the UK from 27 – 29 June, to reinforce Indian industry’s commitment to strengthening UK-India business ties. Coming in the midst of considerable political developments, following the UK’s recent election outcome, and at the heels of its Brexit negotiation to leave the EU, the 16-member delegation met with diverse stakeholders, including Government, parliamentarians, industry and academia, to reinforce the overall strategic and economic relationship at this critical time. CII’s 122nd Anniversary Celebrations Over 250 stakeholders in the India-UK economic landscape attended a grand reception at the majestic Banqueting House in the legendary Palace of Whitehall to mark CII’s 122nd anniversary celebrations and welcome the delegation. The stellar line up of VIPs included Mr YK Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK, Amb Dinesh Patnaik, Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK, Sir Hugo Swire KCMG, MP, former Minister for Asia, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK; Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England, Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman, British Museum, Lord Jonathan Exploring Emerging Opportunities in the UK A high-profile CEOs delegation visited the UK to reinforce Indian industry’s commitment to strengthening UK-India business ties in the post-Brexit scenario Greg Clark (center), Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK, and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Member of the House of Lords, and Chairman, Warwick Manufacturing Group, with the CII delegation in Westminster Mark Field, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK; Patricia Hewitt, Chair, UKIBC, and Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, at CII’s annual India-UK conference in London YK Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK; Greg Hands, Minister for Trade and Investment, UK, and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, at India House in London Shobana Kamineni with Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England, at the CII Reception in London cover story
  17. 17. 16  |  July 2017 Communiqué Marland, Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Ms Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, Confederation of British Industry, renowned business leaders and celebrities, and members of the UK Parliament. CII India-UK Annual Conference The CII India-UK Annual Conference, with the theme, ‘UK-India Economic Relations: Beyond Brexit,' was supported by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and MIDAS as regional partner, representing Manchester. Mr Mark Field, MP, the newly-appointed Minister for Asia at the Foreign Commonwealth Office, UK, said Brexit means exciting new opportunities for both countries to forge closer economic, cultural, security and commercial ties. The speakers concluded that, looking beyond Brexit, the UK’s strengths will remain grounded to attract Indian investment. The growing focus on ease of doing business in India offers huge scope for UK companies to deepen their operations in the country, they said. High Commissioner Sinha launched a CII publication, ‘India’s Business Footprint in the UK – Case Studies and Highlights,' which profiles the stories, investments and strategies of diverse Indian companies in the UK. The report was later presented to Mr Mark Field and Mr Greg Hands, MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, Department for International Trade, UK. India and Commonwealth Linkages The CII delegation met with Sir Christopher Geidt KCB KCVO OBE from HM The Queen’s Private Office at Buckingham Palace. Mr Tim Hitchens, CEO, Commonwealth Summit 2018 from the Cabinet Office, and Mr Richard Burge, CEO, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, also joined the meeting, which discussed building stronger India- Commonwealth ties through trade, and shared values. CII delegates discussed new initiatives in engaging the youth in business leadership and bolstering gender parity agenda, which are shared challenges across the Commonwealth. Academic Engagement In partnership with Universities UK International Unit, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, the CII delegation held an India-UK University and Industry Roundtable on ‘Strengthening Education and Innovation Partnerships between Universities and Business.’ Vice chancellors, international deans and senior representatives of over 15 academic institutions discussed existing partnerships as well as future collaboration prospects between industry and academia on educational exchanges, R&D and youth engagement. Trade, Investment and Technology Collaboration Mr YK Sinha hosted a Luncheon Meeting with Mr Greg Hands, Minister for Trade and Investment, UK. Acknowledging the strong investment partnership, with the UK among the top four investors in India, and India as the 3rd largest investor in the UK, the Minister emphasized the need for collaboration and welcomed ‘practical, actionable policy proposals’ from the group. CII, in collaboration with the Legatum Institute, organized a Thought Leadership Roundtable to discuss trade imperatives between India and the UK. Strategists and business leaders agreed that an economic partnership agreement, not necessarily a ‘free trade' deal, is necessary to bolster the trade and investment relationship, and is also a more realistic prospect. They also discussed how the Commonwealth configuration could be leveraged for multilateral trade negotiations. The CII CEOs delegation met Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, cover story Sir Christopher Geidt KCB KCVO OBE, from HM The Queen’s Private Office, with the CII CEOs delegation at Buckingham Palace, London
  18. 18.      Communiqué July 2017  |  17 India – UK CEO Forum The India-UK CEO Forum met with Mr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, UK, in London on 16 June. The forum discussed the main opportunities for collaboration between the two countries, the barriers to realizing them, and recommendations on how to remove these barriers. Mr Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK, and Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Additional Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, represented the Government of India at the meeting. CII is the secretariat to the Forum, along with the UK India Business Council. The Forum is co- chaired by Mr Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprise Ltd, and Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life. cover story Member of the House of Lords, and Chairman, Warwick Manufacturing Group, along with Mr Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK, on 29 June in the House of Lords, Westminster. Several officials from the Royal Society were also invited to the interaction, which discussed the UK’s approach on trade and skills and immigration control in the context of Brexit, and areas for collaboration, including automotive manufacturing excellence. Parliamentary Engagement CII, in partnership with the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), organized a parliamentary interaction for the delegation on 29 June in Westminster, hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma, MP - Ealing, Southall, and Chair, Indo-British APPG. Baroness Usha Prashar, Deputy Chair of the British Council, moderated the discussion to explore greater engagement between the two countries. nd
  19. 19. 18  |  July 2017 Communiqué cover story I n a bid to promote manufacturing activities in Chhattisgarh, and attract big-ticket investments from companies in South Korea and Japan, CII joined hands with the Chhattisgarh Government to organize twin business missions to the two leading Asian economies from 29 May to 5 June.The delegation, led by Mr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, articulated the core strengths of the young and mineral-rich State to prospective investors in Seoul, Osaka andTokyo, through seminars, presentations and B2B meetings. At the Chhattisgarh Investor Seminar organized in Seoul by CII in association with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and the Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Chief Minister and the accompanying Government officials and CII members showcased the opportunities and key enablers in Chhattisgarh, which shares borders with 7 other Indian States. The speakers included Mr Vikram K Doraiswami, Ambassador of India to South Korea, representatives from the Chhattisgarh administration, including Mr Vivek Dhand, Chief Secretary, Mr Aman Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, and Secretary, IT, and Mr N Baijendra Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, and Secretary, Commerce and Industries, and also Mr Ramesh Agrawal, Chairman, CII Chhattisgarh, and Director, Real Power Pvt Ltd. The State Government signed an MoU with Sungh Ha Telecom for setting up a mobile manufacturing unit in Naya Raipur at an estimated cost of `120 crores. In Osaka, the delegation invited Japanese investors to be a part of the ‘Make-in-India’ program by setting up units in Chhattisgarh, which has made rapid strides in core industries such as steel, cement and electricity. “Now our focus is on promoting IT, agriculture, forest produce, solar energy and automobiles. Chhattisgarh is developing world-class infrastructure on a massive scale,” said Mr Raman Singh, at a seminar attended by members of the Japan Foreign Trade Organization (JETRO), the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Japan. The delegation held one-on-one meetings with senior representatives of leading companies in all three cities. Showcasing Chhattisgarh CII joined hands with the Chhattisgarh Government to organize twin business missions to South Korea and Japan, led by Mr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, to articulate the core strengths of the young and mineral-rich State to prospective investors in Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, addressing the Seminar on Advantage Chhattisgarh, in Osaka At the Chhattisgarh Investor Seminar in Seoul
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  21. 21. 20  |  July 2017 Communiqué Q&A for National Bureau of Asian Research In preparation for the historic Trump – Modi Summit, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, discussed the likely priorities of the Prime Minister during his US visit in a Q&A with the National Bureau of Asian Research. Mr Banerjee also discussed the Prime Minister’s domestic performance thus far, and provided predictions on the future of India’s economic growth as well as the US-India partnership. The article can be found at: http://www.nbr.org/research/activity. aspx?id=786 ‘Innovation: Fueling the US - India Commercial Partnership’ CII and the Hudson Institute hosted an industry panel titled 'Innovation: Fueling the United States-India Commercial Partnership,’ coinciding with the historic meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump on 26 June in Washington, DC. Congressman George Holding, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, keynoted the panel, which was moderated by Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute.The panelists included Mr Pratyush Kumar, President, The Boeing Company India, Vice President, Boeing International, and MD, Boeing Defence India; Mr Danny O’Brien, Government Relations Leader for Transportation, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric; Mr James Shapiro, Resident Director, North America, Tata Sons, and Mr A Amarnath, Senior Vice President, Wipro Ltd. The company representatives discussed their integrated business operations and the ways in which they help create jobs in both India and the US, given the reality of global supply chains. Education was also a major theme, and the industry representatives shared the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education initiatives their companies are funding throughout the US and India to stave the skills gap and accommodate the new jobs that will inevitably be created with the rise of automation. United in their conviction that innovation lies at the heart of the US-India two-way flow of investment and job creation, the participants concluded that real, tangible outcomes of corporate innovation are solidly growing the US-India partnership. Reception for Delegates of SelectUSA Summit CII and the Embassy of India, Washington DC, hosted a reception on 20 June for the Indian delegates of the SelectUSA Investment Summit, the highest-profile event globally dedicated to promoting foreign direct investment in the US. The attendees included representatives from various Indian companies interested in investing in the US, as well as officials from the economic development organizations of several American States, including New York, California, Montana, and Florida. Ambassador Reenat Sandhu, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, welcoming the guests, said the Embassy and consulates would be more than willing to help companies looking to invest in the US. Ms MaryKay Loss Carlson, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United States in New Delhi, also spoke. Taking the US-India Partnership Forward At the CII – Hudson Institute Industry Panel in Washington DC cover story At the CII – Embassy of India reception for SelectUSA India delegates in Washington DC
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  23. 23. 22  |  July 2017 Communiqué C II extended full support to the Prime Minister and the Government of India, acting as an ambassador of the ancient and invaluable practice of Yoga, and spreading awareness to people in all rungs of society across the country. CII, Young Indians (Yi) and the CII Indian Womens Network celebrated the 3rd International Day ofYoga across the country with the Art of Living Foundation as the official knowledge partner, and the support of several other organizations. On 21 June, and the days preceding it, awareness sessions on Yoga were organized in 23 cities across the country, touching as many 10,14,443 persons. In Mysuru alone, 54,511 people were impacted directly through various programs onYoga, including flash mobs, rallies and Yoga practice sessions. CII East joined the world in celebrating the 3rd International Yoga Day by organizing special yoga sessions in Kolkata and Siliguri in West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Bhubaneswar in Odisha, and Raipur in Chhattisgarh. Industry captains, representatives from member companies and their families, students, and CII employees limbered up to do yoga workouts, and get ‘refreshed and rejuvenated from within.’ Yoga trainers from reputed organizations such as the Isha Foundation and Art of Living, taught and explained, through both live demonstrations and video clippings, how a few minutes Mysuru Ahmedabad patna raipur Lu International Day of Yoga of yoga a day can make a world of difference in the way we feel, work, think, speak, interact and perform. In Guwahati, a special yoga session was organized at the campus of Assam Downtown University. CII Northern Region organized special Yoga sessions in Chandigarh, Noida, Delhi, Lucknow, and Ludhiana. CII and Young Indians Chandigarh Tricity Chapter organized a session on ‘Yoga: The Way of Life’ engaging more than 50 persons. In Delhi, a workshop on Yoga and an energizer session on ‘Whole Brain Thinking’ was held at the Chandra Arya Vidya Mandir orphanage for more than 500 girls. Sessions on Yoga were held at the premises of several member companies too. In the Western Region, interactive Yoga sessions in Panaji, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhopal, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Pune, saw the remarkable participation of over 2,500 participants. Held in collaboration with Indian Women Network and Young Indians, the Yoga activities were supported and conducted by institutions like the Vivekananda Kendra, the Art of Living Foundation, a n d l e a d i n g corporates. Around 8,640 spotlight
  24. 24.      Communiqué July 2017  |  23 udhiana Jamshedpur Bhubaneswar Kolkata chandigarh ChennaiGuwahati DELHI participants, representing industry and institutions, took part in Yoga sessions held in 15 centers across South India, in Chennai, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Karur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. CII partnered with the Isha Foundation, the Art of Living Foundation, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College, Veda 3 Maharishi, and Agneeshwara Yoga Centre for these sessions. Mumbai spotlight noida
  25. 25. 24  |  July 2017 Communiqué mindspace economy C II is playing an active role in the successful implementation of the landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST), and is hand-holding industry through the transition process into the new regime. CII has undertaken a number of initiatives and actions on issues revolving around GST, and will continue its efforts to smoothen implementation and rationalization of the law in the coming months. Policy CII, in consultation with its members, submitted timely inputs on the Report on Business Processes (Registration, Payment, Refund and Return) and on the Model GST Law. Meetings and Interactions with the Government CII, along with select members, met with the Revenue Secretary and the Ministry of Finance team, and submitted the CII Representation on the GST Law. The CII leadership appeared before the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on GST, and select members had interactions with representatives Facilitating the Transition to GST Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, and Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, attending the GST Launch Ceremony in Parliament, in New Delhi CII has undertaken various initiatives and actions on issues revolving around GST Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, addressing the CII-CNBC Session on GST, in New Delhi Workshops on GST in Patna (left), and New Delhi
  26. 26.      Communiqué July 2017  |  25 mindspace of the GST Network (GSTN), and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). In parallel, CII regional offices and state offices organized several meetings with relevant State Government officials. Advocacy A number of articles by CII leadership have been published in the press and journals, as also CII advertisements on GST. Various presentations on GST were made in CII sectoral committees. A masterclass and webinars on GST for select sectors were held. Ms Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, attended in the prestigious GST Launch Ceremony conducted in Parliament on 30 June midnight, to support the Government in this very important initiative. GST Seminars CII organized a series of day-long seminars in various locations pan-India to deliberate on key GST issues, and help industry understand the GST implementation better. The seminars had participation from the Government, subject experts and industry, to facilitate a smooth transition to the new indirect tax regime. Pan India GST Training Programs As a part of its GST initiatives and to educate industry on GST, CII is conducting two-day extensive pan-India training programs, both open and in-house, for industry. More than 30 such sessions have already been conducted in various locations till date, to impart knowledge on the GST law from both theoretical and practical perspectives, for its effective implementation. The faculty includes Government officials, GST trainers and subject experts, to share hands- on experience and in-depth knowledge on the GST Law. In addition, the regional offices of CII, too, have been very active in taking GST policy advocacy and membership services forward. In all, CII has been very closely involved with the Government as well as with industry on the GST front. Going forward, more action can be expected in this space. ‘Industry is happy that GST has been Introduced’ The gains from GST are undeniable, relating to lower transaction costs, ease of doing business, wider tax coverage, and faster and more efficient logistics, says Shobana Kamineni QHas industry faced any hiccups after the GST rollout? What is the feedback you have received from industry? So far, there are no major issues in the GST rollout. The main transition challenge related to stocks of goods, and the Government has provided additional time for disposing of old stocks. Industry is happy that GST has been introduced and is willing to go through a transition period. QHow much time do you think it will take to get things smooth? CII's sense is that it may take anything from two months to about a year. A smooth rollout would depend on how well the IT back-end of the GST Network (GSTN) operates, and how much integration is done between vendors and buyers. Most enterprises have been working with their vendors and buyers up and down the supply chain to ensure that invoice- matching takes place. QThere has been concern that in the short term, growth may be impacted due to the GST rollout, as industry
  27. 27. 26  |  July 2017 Communiqué and traders come to terms with various rules of the new tax regime. For a couple of months, some moderation may be possible, but this would likely be temporary. QMany commentators believe that a multi-rate GST may not add 2% to GDP as was earlier predicted, due to the existence of multiple rates. The gains from GST are undeniable, relating to lower transaction costs, ease of doing business, wider tax coverage, and faster and more efficient logistics. With so many parameters involved, CII has not estimated an exact data point, but we are convinced that a couple of years down the road, the GDP could settle at over 1 percentage point faster pace of growth, other things remaining as they are. QIs there any concern that GST will be inflationary in the initial days, especially in terms of services? The GST Council has done an excellent job in fitment of rates, ensuring non-inflationary levels while maintaining the revenue neutral objective. In services, the rates prima facie appear to be 3 percentage points higher, but CII's expectation is that enterprises will be able to avail of input tax credit. Further, luxury tax or cess in certain States has been eliminated. So overall, as per the CII analysis, there will be minimal impact on inflation. QHow do you see the anti-profiteering provisions of GST, and is there any communication from industry not to use it? Do you think there is enough competition in the market to take care of prices? CII has been assured by the Government that the anti-profiteering rules will be carefully used. In an interaction with CII, Dr Hasmukh Adhia, Revenue Secretary, stressed that cases would need to be considered by a multi-tier system before a conclusion on undue price hikes is reached. The markets are quite free and will not tolerate such hikes. QWould you like the GST Council to start working towards a 2 or 3 rate structure in GST instead of the current multi-rate structure? Yes, this is what CII has taken up with the Government several times. With just 1 or 2 rates, GST can be an efficient tax, and we hope that the GST Council would favorably consider it within the near future. QWith demonetization and GST being two disruptive forces, is there a need for the RBI to cut interest rates to give a helping hand to industry? CII believes that demonetization and GST are both good for the economy and will lead to greater formalization going forward, adding to tax revenues. That said, however, we are also convinced that with inflation currently at the lowest point since 2012, a subdued industrial growth rate and low investments, the RBI can certainly help boost the economy through a reduction in interest rates. QWhen do you expect private investment to pick up? Currently, capacity utilization remains at around 72%, while companies usually plan fresh investments when it is around 80%. In certain sectors, such as tractors and automobiles, demand has picked up, and within a couple of quarters, we could see capacity utilization build up. This is when CII projects that a rise in private investments would begin to show up. Incidentally, sectors like aviation are adding capacity and are growing at over 25% year-on-year, creating huge opportunities. QWhich other areas of reform would you like the Government to focus on now? The Government has undertaken commendable reforms, with GST being the most transformational of them all. The focus on attracting FDI, ease of doing business and resolving non-performing assets has been quite effective. CII would like to see more actions in ease of doing business at the State level, and also faster movement on issues such as disinvestment, agricultural markets and labor reforms. We are satisfied with the current direction of the Government and believe that the reforms agenda would continue to be intensive in days to come. Shobana Kamineni is President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. An edited version of this interview was published in The Asian Age on 9 July 2017. mindspace
  28. 28.      Communiqué July 2017  |  27 A number of concerns have been raised from several quarters about the historical Goods and Services Tax (GST) relating to complexities, administration, network, and so on. Most of all, consumers have expressed anxiety about the rates and impact on inflation. However, most of these worries stem from lack of sufficient information. A truly transformative indirect tax reform of the scale and impact of GST is bound to face several initial glitches, not least because it is placed on a single network. From the perspective of industry, we are convinced that the tax will bring huge benefits to all stakeholders, including consumers, service providers, manufacturers, small enterprises, and the Government. To begin with, we must keep in mind that the GST replaces a complex and convoluted indirect tax structure which included myriad taxes, tax-on-tax, and multiple rate structures. The new tax replaces as many as eight taxes levied by the Central Government, and subsumes nine taxes of the State Governments. As each State Government had its own tax structure, the tax applicable on each item used to be different in different States, an anomaly that has been resolved by GST. Our calculations show that the combined impact of Central Excise and State value-added tax (VAT) on, say, a bicycle, is over 10%. On an inter-state sale, an additional 2% Central Sales Tax (CST) is charged. Under GST, while the tax rate on a bicycle is applicable at 12%, CST would no longer be applied. Additionally, in a seamless supply chain, each node is able to avail of input tax credit on components used in the value addition, and therefore, the ultimate tax paid by the final consumer works out to be lower. The GST Council has mostly adhered to well-defined principles while calculating the GST on goods, taking care not to add to inflation, while also maintaining the revenues of the Government. It is noteworthy that over 80% of goods have been placed in the 18% or lower tax bracket. Some of the anomalies in tax rates have been addressed, taking into account industry views. For example, tax rates on certain processed foods, insulin, and other items, have been brought down. On the services side, the four-tier structure of the goods side has been replicated. Under GST, most services are imposed 18% rate but the varying tax slabs on hotels and transport of different categories add to the complexity. On the other hand, services too will gain from input tax credit so that overall, final prices will not be unduly impacted. Thus, on the rate structure, a good beginning has been made. As the tax is implemented and teething troubles are sorted out, all stakeholders are likely to be persuaded about the simplicity of fewer tax slabs, and the GST Council may converge the multi-tiered structure into, at most, two slabs at a later stage. We would also call for removal of cesses once the States are compensated for loss of revenues, if any. Further, certain goods that have been left out of the purview of GST at this stage, such as petroleum and alcohol, could be fitted into it as well. A major concern being raised is about the GST Network (GSTN) and the need for several filings each month. The GSTN is the online system which The GST will bring huge benefits to all stakeholders, including consumers, service providers, manufacturers, small enterprises, and the Government, says Chandrajit Banerjee A Historical Tax Reform mindspace
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  30. 30.      Communiqué July 2017  |  29 is a single point for submission of all tax returns. It is felt that small traders and manufacturers may not own computers or have access to internet connectivity. The Government is addressing this concern by enabling common service centers in villages to offer the facility of uploading returns. In addition, apart from the designated 34 service providers, additional or subsidiary service providers are also on hand. Interestingly, there are now ads for GST-enabled computers, where software is being bundled in as a complete accounting and tax filing package for businesses. A single point of contact with the indirect tax system, and that too, online, is likely to be simpler than the previous Central and State tax system. With invoices being matched online, and input tax credit easily available, more vendors are likely to be encouraged to step into the tax net, adding to the Government’s tax revenues. From the perspective of the small enterprise too, those who would like to benefit from the tax credit on inputs used by them can pay the regular tax and file returns, just like larger enterprises. Notably, the input tax credit for a buyer comes only when all its suppliers are paying their taxes on time, which is a powerful incentive for buyers to ensure that their suppliers are regular in making the payment and filing taxes. Several complexities arise from the anti-profiteering clause, which would be difficult to monitor; the e-way bill system; and the valuation of goods for the purpose of tax application. CII has suggested that invoice value be accepted as a valuation, and we hope that the anti-profiteering clause will soon be waived. There will also be complications arising from the definition of goods and their placement within the harmonized system. We, however, believe that the GST Council, a body which has prudently and carefully addressed such a huge and complex system, will be able to devise solutions for these and other emerging chjallenges in the consensus mode, as it has done so far. Industry is ready for GST and looks forward to the benefits of this transformative tax reform. Chandrajit Banerjee is Director General, CII. This is an edited version of the article that appeared in The Asian Age on 21 June 2017. mindspace
  31. 31. 30  |  July 2017 Communiqué Building Capacity India moves up in the Global Innovation Index Rankings E very year, CII collaborates as Knowledge Partner for the Global Innovation Index (GII) report co- published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University, USA, and management institute INSEAD. A prestigious report to measure the innovation readiness and output of the country, the GII is widely cited. As a knowledge partner, CII believes in the role of innovation as a major driver of growth and an important contributor to enhanced competitiveness. In the latest GII report released on 15 June this year, India has improved its ranking, moving up to the 60th position among 127 economies, from last year’s rank of 66. The country occupied the top spot among the Central and South Asian countries. India is also ahead of most of its lower middle income counterparts and has been a consistent ‘innovation achiever’ (economy that performs at least 10% above its peers for its level of GDP) every year from 2011 to 2017. As demonstrated by the GII rankings over the last few years (Figure 1), India has consistently outperformed on innovation relative to its GDP per capita and is now in the top half in the innovation rankings. The improvement from 2015 comes after five previous years of decline and derives from various achievements in specific innovation parameters as well as improvements in India’s input and output performance, driving innovation activities. Innovation Input Index GII 2017 has been calculated as a simple average of two sub-index scores, namely, the Innovation Input Sub-Index and the Innovation Output Sub-Index. These indices assign scores to economies based on their performance in terms of various innovation indicators. Figure 1: Global Innovation Index: India Source: Global Innovation Index, 2017
  32. 32.      Communiqué July 2017  |  31 The Innovation Input Sub-Index is comprised of five input pillars that enable and facilitate innovation, namely, Institutions, Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure, Market Sophistication, and Business Sophistication. Figure 2 presents India’s performance on these indicators over the last five years. The input pillars are in turn determined by a sub-set of indicators driving innovation growth. In the last five years, India has improved its rank on all the input indicators, which, in turn, helped it achieve a higher rank in the GII rankings. Noteworthy are India’s achievements in terms of Human Capital and Research, Business Sophistication, and Infrastructure. India’s achievements in Human Capital and Research have been remarkable over the last five years. The country has moved up 41 spots in this ranking, from 105 in 2013 to 64 in 2017. India’s improvement in this category came on account of its improved rank in terms of Research and Development (32), which is one of the three categories determining the overall Human Capital rank. Among the various R & D indicators, India secured impressive rankings in terms of Global R&D companies (14), QS University Ranking (21) as well as Gross Expenditure on R&D (43). The other two categories that determine the Human Capital rank are Education (114) and Tertiary Education (68). In terms of Business Sophistication, India has moved up 39 spots in the last 5 years, with a rank of 55 in 2017, up from 94 in 2011. The improvement was on account of India achieving a high rank in Innovation Linkages (37), one of the indicators that determine the overall ‘Business Sophistication’ rank, where it performed exceptionally well in terms of Figure 2: India’s Performance on the Innovation Input Sub-Index Source: Global Innovation Index, 2017; Note: falling rank reflects better performance Building Capacity
  33. 33. 32  |  July 2017 Communiqué University/Industry Research Collaboration (23) as well as State of Cluster Development (26). In terms of Infrastructure, India’s rank substantially improved from 89 in 2011 to 73 ithis year, largely driven by impressive performance in Gross Capital Formation, where India achieved a rank of 12. India also improved its rankings in terms of Market Sophistication and Institutions, moving up 10 spots in the rankings for both the indicators since 2013. Innovation Output Index The Innovation Output Sub-Index provides information on outputs which are the results of innovative activities. It comprises of two output pillars – Knowledge and Technology Outputs, and Creative Outputs. Figure 3 presents India’s performance over the last five years in terms of these two indicators. India’s rank in terms of Knowledge and Technology Outputs has remained fairly stable over the last five years, with the rank changing from 37 in 2013 to 38 in 2017. The three categories which determine the overall rank for this are Knowledge Creation (55), Knowledge Impact (30) and Knowledge Diffusion (26). India occupied the top rank under Information and communication technology (ICT) services exports, under Knowledge Diffusion, and has a high rank of 5 in the growth rate of GDP per person engaged, under Knowledge Impact. India has also achieved impressive ranks in the category of ICT, with a rank of 33 for Government’s online service, and 27 for online e-participation. On the other hand, India has the potential to do much better in the Creative Outputs category. Although there has been a substantial improvement from last year’s rank of 94, India’s rank moved down from 65 in 2013 to 85 in 2017 in this category. India needs to undertake efforts to improve its ranks in the categories of Intangible Assets (78), Creative Goods and Services (67) and Online Creativity (103), which determine the overall Creative Outputs rank. CII’s Engagement CII works closely with Indian industry to promote innovative technologies and establish linkages for successful technology absorption and commercialization. CII also works with the Government to encourage strategic investments in emerging technologies to facilitate an innovation ecosystem. CII has consistently brought to the Government’s attention the need for improving India’s ranking on the GII and the need for creating awareness about India’s innovation potential. At the launch of GII 2016 in New Delhi, organized by CII, NITI Aayog and the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), a high-level Task Force was constituted on Innovation by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, with a view to improve the innovative ecosystem of the country. CII, along with NITI Aayog and DIPP, also launched the GII online portal to capture real-time data on innovation from the Indian States, along with GII and other indicators. CII, NITI Aayog and DIPP, in consultation with the World Economic Forum, WIPO, Cornell University, OECD, and others, are working towards structuring an India Innovation Index Framework based on GII and certain additional India-centric parameters, to reflect the state of India’s innovation ecosystem. This would be a central point of reference wherein all international agencies would be able to access India’s data and analytics. The Global Technology and Innovation Alliance (GITA) is a project by CII and the Department of Science and Technology, started in 2007-08 to stimulate private sector investment in R&D with industrial R&D programs in partnership with other countries. CII also boosts R&D partnerships between industry and academia and works on the Prime Minister’s scholarship program which funds PhD candidates through companies. These, and other initiatives spearhead India’s innovation journey. Figure 3: India’s Performance on the Innovation Output Sub-Index Source: Global Innovation Index, 2017 Building Capacity
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  35. 35. 34  |  July 2017 Communiqué Portfolio for Excellence Green Business Prime Minister acknowledges IGBC Sixteen elevated stations of the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd have been awarded with Platinum rating under the CII Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green MRTS Rating System. Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, while inaugurating the metro stations on 17 June, said, “It is heartening to note that all the stations as well as the Operation Control Centre of Kochi Metro have achieved platinum rating, which is the highest certification level given by the Indian Green Building Council.” GreenCo Rating to Units of Indian Railways Coinciding with World Environment Day celebrations in Indian Railways, Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, presented GreenCo plaques and certificates to three units of Indian Railways at a program in New Delhi on 5 June. The units areTirupati workshop, Ajmer workshop, and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. As on date, CII has awarded the GreenCo rating to 6 units of Indian Railways. GreenCo Summit 2017 The CII Godrej Green Business Center promotes Green concepts and ecological sustainability in Indian industry through the GreenCo (Green Companies) Rating System. The GreenCo rating is a robust evaluation process, the first-of-its-kind in the world, that rates the environmental performance of a company on 10 broad green parameters. At present, over 270 companies in India, from both manufacturing and service sectors, are working on their GreenCo rating, and many other companies are in the pipeline. The 6th edition of the annual GreenCo Summit, held on 22-23 June in Pune, highlighted the latest trends, success stories, and green journey of organizations that have set new benchmarks in environmental management. Mr Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, in his video message, said economic development and environmental protection should go hand in hand. He highlighted various green initiatives undertaken in Indian Railways. Investing in sustainability will go a long way in ensuring business profitability in the long run, as energy efficiency, water conservation and waste management are fast becoming critical parameters of corporate performance, said Ms Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. Dr RA Mashelkar, Former Director General, CSIR, and President, The Global Research Alliance, said compliance with environment protection norms alone is not enough. Instead of considering it as an adversity, industry must look at it as opportunity. A proactive approach to what could be future sustainability needs will prove crucial to corporate competitiveness, he said. Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, CII Godrej GBC, Past President, CII, and CMD, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways, presenting the GreenCo plaque to officials from Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, at a function in New Delhi Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, at the inauguration of the Kochi Metro Rail Ltd, in Kochi
  36. 36.      Communiqué July 2017  |  35 Portfolio for Excellence Ltd, said India is well-placed to participate meaningfully in the global sustainability movement. "Industry's efforts in sustainability will help not just them but also the society at large," he said, adding that India's efforts in this area will make it a leading voice in the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations cannot be achieved by government alone.The participation of industry as well as civil society in the process is important, stressed Mr Rene Van Berkel, Representative, UNIDO Regional Office in India. Environment protection is the responsibility of industry. Going beyond compliance and ensuring continuous improvement is the key to achieving sustainability with profitability, observed Mr Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, Greenco Summit 2017, and Director, Cummins India Ltd. Highlights • 500+ delegates • 50 companies, large, small and medium, and Indian railway units awarded with GreenCo rating • Concurrent sessions on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and GreenCo SMEs • 11 projects awarded as most innovative environmental best practices • 10 projects awarded as innovative environmental best practices • Release of 2nd edition of the book, ‘Green Champions of India’ • Release of GreenCo educational material CII IGBC Amaravati Chapter On 23 June, the CII IGBC launched its 23rd local chapter in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, to work closely with the stakeholders to take forward the green building movement in the State. Carbon Footprint Study for Meghalaya CII, with support from the Department of Forest and Environment, Meghalaya, has developed the Carbon Footprint Report for the State. The report was released by Ms Ampareen Lyngdoh, Minister of Information Technology and Communication, Meghalaya, at a workshop in Shillong on 28 June. The study was carried out based on IPCC guidelines for national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory. As part of the study, CII has recommended measures for GHG mitigation with the focus on hotspots for GHG emissions. Earlier, CII had prepared similar State-level carbon footprint reports for Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. Environmental Sustainability A training program on environmental sustainability for officials of Indian Railways, held on 29-30 June in Hyderabad, had sessions on green buildings, green companies (GreenCo), green products and GreenPro certification, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas inventorization. Congratulations! Mr S Raghupathy, Deputy Director General, CII, was elected Chair of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Regional Network (APN) for a two-year term commencing 1 July 2017. Mr Raghupathy is already a Board Member of the WorldGBC. The APN is a platform for 15 Green Building Councils in the region to exchange knowledge, generate new ideas and design solutions to speed up green building in their own markets and across the region. Anil Sinha, Co-Chair, GreenCo Summit 2017, and Head Quality – CV Business, Tata Motors Ltd; Pradeep Bhargava, Chairman, Greenco Summit 2017, and Director, Cummins India Ltd; Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, and Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd; Dr RA Mashelkar, Former Director General, CSIR, and President, The Global Research Alliance; Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, CII Godrej GBC, Past President, CII, and CMD, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, and Rene Van Berkel, UNIDO Representative of Regional Office in India Release of Carbon Footprint Report of Meghalaya, in Shillong
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  38. 38.      Communiqué July 2017  |  37 Portfolio for Excellence ‘Future of Jobs: Enterprises and Livelihoods’ India needs new jobs. With around 10-12 million youth entering the Indian job market each year, job creation has to be at the center of all policy-making. CII has undertaken the ‘Future of Jobs in India’ initiative to address this dynamic trend.The highlights and outcomes of this key initiative were emphasized in a conference on ‘Future of Jobs: Enterprises and Livelihoods’ in Mumbai on 8 June. Experts from related fields addressed various aspects of the jobs challenge and landscape in India, while exploring the future scenario. Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Past President, CII, and CMD, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, expressed concern at the widening gap between the numbers of jobs created, and jobs required, despite strong GDP growth during the past few years. Dr Rajiv Lall, Founder MD & CEO, IDFC Bank, felt that despite the global job crunch, India may have better success in creating new job opportunities. “It is critical to tap the right resources and develop suitable planning processes to ensure that new job creation meets the requirements,” he said. Job creation is all about the challenge of inclusive growth globally, said Mr Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission of India. Ms Aparna Bijapurkar, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group, said the immediate real challenge lies in identifying the relevant drivers that could dramatically boost India’s job creation potential. A CII Report on ‘Future of Jobs: Enterprises and Livelihoods’ was released during the Conference. 3D Applications and Printing A workshop on 23 - 24 June in Mumbai focused on the need to make business competitive by adopting 3D printing in various pockets in an organization. The workshop, attended by 30 senior executives, presented the business case for 3D printing, and discussed prototypes, 3D printing technologies, and case studies, to accelerate innovation within organizations. Gold Sash Program The 3rd batch of the Gold Sash Program [Module I] kicked off in Mumbai on 12 June. The program offers a part time, one-year, intensive course on manufacturing excellence for industry professionals, with the objective to create a culture of collaborative excellence in manufacturing, and to develop a bank of world-class manufacturing leaders for the future. Process Safety Management The CII Center of Manufacturing Excellence, in association with the National Safety Council, organized a workshop on ‘Process Safety Management’ in Mumbai on 22-23 June. Process Safety Management is an application of management systems to identify, understand, and control process hazards to prevent process-related injuries and incidents. It is a multi-faceted proactive program to identify, evaluate and mitigate foreseen problems, and consequently reduce their impact on the public and the environment. Manufacturing Excellence Aparna Bijapurkar, Project Leader, BCG India; Arun Maira, Former Member, Planning Commission of India; Dr Rajiv Lall, Founder MD and CEO, IDFC Bank; and Jamshyd N Godrej, Past President, CII, and CMD, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Pvt Ltd, releasing the CII Report on ‘Future of Jobs’ in Mumbai Workshop on 3D Printing in Mumbai Raghunath Medge, President, Mumbai Dabbawala Association, with Gold Sash program participants in Mumbai
  39. 39. 38  |  July 2017 Communiqué SME Competitiveness Energy Management ISO 50001 Internal Auditor Certification The international standard, ISO 50001, developed by experts from more than 60 countries, outlines the best energy practices globally. A two-day Energy Management System (ISO 50001) Internal Auditor Certification Program was conducted on 16-17 June in Chennai to help companies implement a systematic approach to energy efficiency. Combining best practices in project management, energy monitoring and energy awareness, ISO 50001 enables organizations to improve energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts. Energy Efficient Systems A two-day advanced training program on Energy Efficient Systems was conducted by experienced energy auditors, certified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, on 21-22 June, in Pune. Energy Audit A detailed energy audit carried out at Tiwana Oil Mills Pvt Ltd, Village Kharori, District Fatehgarh Sahib, an ISO 9000:2008 certified company. The audit has identified energy conservation measures to envisage an annual energy saving potential of `85.49 lakhs. With an investment of `56.21 lakhs, the simple pay-back period of the investment is only 8 months. QUALITY TOOLS 7QC Tools Thirty-two delegates from various manufacturing companies benefited from a training program on ‘7QC Tools – A Way to Problem-solving’ on 21 June in Gurugram. The program described how the 7 QC tools, popular with quality-conscious companies throughout the world for improvement of quality of products and processes, use statistical techniques for problem-solving and quality control activities, while facilitating Lean Manufacturing. ISO 50001 Internal Auditor Certification Program in Chennai Training Program on Energy Efficiency in Pune Detailed Energy Audit of Water Pumps at Tiwana Oil Mills Pvt. Ltd, in Kharori Training Program on 7QC Tools in Gurugram Portfolio for Excellence
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  41. 41. 40  |  July 2017 Communiqué Portfolio for Excellence Quality Laboratory Management & Internal Audit Indian Industry has adopted the Total Quality Management (TQM) approach, which requires manufacturing companies to establish efficient and effective control in measurement systems, including laboratory measurement systems, to develop products with lesser and lesser rejection and more acceptance by customers. Towards this, the ISO/IEC 17025:05 sets standards for personnel competency and laboratory capability to be implemented and maintained by laboratories intending to generate testing and/or calibration reports and certificates acceptable by customers, nationally and internationally. The CII Institute of Quality (CII IQ) organized a 4-day training program on Laboratory Management and Internal Audit as per ISO/IEC 17025:05 in Gurugram on 20-23 June, for representatives of 19 organizations, to enable them to understand the requirements of all clauses of ISO/ IEC 17025:05. Good Manufacturing Practices – The Toyota Way A Study Mission of 15 participants from six companies visited Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, on 21 June, to observe good manufacturing practices, ‘The Toyota Way.’ This study mission was designed to enable the participants to understand the manufacturing practices of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and adopt methodologies which would help sustaining results in today’s competitive world. The participants got first-hand insights and experiences from the company on TPS including Toyota Kirloskar Gurukul practices, Gemba visit and case study presentations. Uncertainty Measurement in Testing and Calibration A 2-days training program on Uncertainty Measurement in Testing & Calibration on 12-13 June in Bengaluru covered the basic principles of uncertainty measurement and their specific application in various measurements. In addition, advice on approaches for specific queries raised by the participants was also provided. Zero Defect through Statistical Techniques A comprehensive workshop on ‘Producing Zero Defect through Statistical Techniques (Implementing MSA & SPC)’ on 27-28 June in Gurugram addressed different statistical methods used for evaluating and analyzing the capability of the measurement systems as well as controlling manufacturing process variations to achieve zero defects in mass production environment. Best Practices in TPM, Lean and Quality Improvement The CII IQ TPM Club India organized a visit to four leading Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean practicing companies in Pune: Bajaj Ltd, Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd, MVML, and SKF Ltd, on 15-16 June. The mission showcased each company’s best practicing methodologies to the 33 participants from 10 organizations, and demonstrated how the TPM culture can help organizations achieve excellence. Improving Operating Efficiencies The CII Institute of Quality conducted four training programs in June to enhance the operating efficiencies of Indian companies. At training program on 5S Work Place Management and Visual Management was held on 7-8 June at Ace Designer and Bharat Electronics Ltd, Bengaluru, to discuss the effectiveness of communication and reaction, an important component of Lean Manufacturing. The program highlighted the importance of 5S from a visual management perspective, besides showing how to implement the sustenance of 5S and the methods of the visual control system to impress customers and retain them. Delegates at MVML, Pune
  42. 42.      Communiqué July 2017  |  41 A 22 member mission to JCB India Ltd and Bosch Ltd Jaipur on Good Manufacturing Systems was conducted 21-22 June. Another mission, on Good Manufacturing Practices, visited Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd and Volvo India Ltd in Bengaluru on 26-27 June, to provide firsthand insights and experiences from the company shop floors to 17 participants, to help them adopt sustainable methodologies for success in today’s competitive world. A 2-day workshop on Global 8D – Problem Solving Technique on 14 - 15 June in Gurugram addressed the 8 disciplines of solving major problems in the production process. Eight participants from four organizations benefitted from this problem-solving methodology for product and process improvement. Poka-Yoke Competition The first-ever competition on Human Mistake Proofing, (Poka-Yoke) was held on 26 June in Bengaluru with 70 teams competing in 3 different categories - Control, Shutdown and Alarm. There were140 participants, including 20 delegates, who took part in this prestigious event of the CII TPM Club and benefitted from the best practices and case studies of different manufacturing companies in India. Forgetfulness amongst humans leads to mistakes, commonly termed as ‘operator carelessness/negligence’ or ‘operator inattentiveness.’The PokaYoke methodology helps to eliminate product defects by preventing, correcting, or drawing attention to human errors as and when they occur. This competition was held to create overall awareness on human mistake-proofing in shop floor activities; share ideas and knowledge on good methodologies and useful information, and enhance thought processes, besides recognizing and rewarding the best poka yoke presentations. The winners of this competition will compete in the For more details on CII IQ activities, please contact: QMS: qms@cii.in TPM Club India : ravi.joshi@cii.in Lean Six Sigma: mamata.rai@cii.in Champions Trophy Competition on 7 September in Chennai. The Winners Category Control Shutdown Alarm 1st Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, – Auto Division, Zaheerabad Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd Varroc Engineering Pvt Ltd, VEPL – III 2nd Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd, Chakan Titan Company Ltd, Watch Case Plant 3rd Mitsubishi Heavy Industries-Vst Diesel Engines Pvt Ltd NA NA Winners of the 1st Poka Yoke Competition with jury members, in Bengaluru Training for Food Safety Supervisors Training in food safety for personnel in the food business covering the entire food chain is a prerequisite for ensuring safe and hygienic food for the end consumer. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently launched the Food Safety Training and Certification Program (FoSTaC) to deliver food safety training programs to the target audience, and to build capability of food safety supervisors of food business operators across the country. These trainings are recognized nationally. The successful participants are awarded with the FoSTaC certificate. The ultimate objective is to promote good sanitary and hygienic practices as per Schedule 4 of the Food Safety Regulations through a cascaded training methodology. Supporting the FSSAI’s vision of having at least one FoSTaC food safety supervisor in every food business operation, the CII Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan (CII SKA), as the approved Training Partner of FSSAI for FoSTaC Manufacturing Food Safety Supervisor trainings, launched a Food Safety Supervisors Training Program for Food and Agriculture Portfolio for Excellence
  43. 43. 42  |  July 2017 Communiqué Food Manufacturing Advanced (Level 2) in May. The program is supported by Mission Health, the CSR initiative of GSK Consumer Healthcare. The FSSAI has identified two food safety experts from FACE as National Level Resource Persons (NLRPs) to help create the training package for general and various sectors, as also tools for assessment and certification. These NLRPs first conducted Training of Trainers (TOT) courses in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. The certified trainers are envisaged to then cascade the training to develop certified food safety supervisors, who would, in turn, disseminate the learnings to the food handlers in their respective organizations. Subsequent to the successful kick-off of the TOT program, the CII SKA has, in the last two months, completed 19 training programs for food safety supervisors for food manufacturing advanced (level 2) across the country, reaching out to food business operations in far-flung locations such as Kalburgi, Kolhapur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Hubli, as well as cities like Mysore and Chandigarh. The plan is to complete 100 training programs for the manufacturing and midday meal sector, pan India, during 2017-18. Godhuli Mukerjee, Food Safety Commissioner, West Bengal, with participants of the FoSTaC Program, in Kolkata Srinivas Gowda, Food Safety Commissioner (Acting), Karnataka, with participants of the FoSTaC Program, in Bengaluru Portfolio for Excellence
  44. 44.      Communiqué July 2017  |  43 Making the Pulp and Paper Sector Water-Secure and Sustainable Water management must be undertaken in an integrated manner where surface and groundwater interactions are looked at dynamically, said Mr U P Singh, Additional Secretary and Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, at the national conference on ‘Moving towards Making Pulp and Paper Sector Water Secure and Sustainable,’ organized by CII on 23 June in New Delhi. Integration would build a strong case of water security where conservation techniques would get widely accepted, he added. The conference highlighted that the three main drivers of water management today are regulations, marketplace, and droughts. Industries need to focus on source protection and remediation, and deploy water audits, and integrated tools such as CII’s WATSCAN to find solutions for water management and ensure process integration to reduce fresh water consumption in the pulp and paper sector, it was suggested. The pulp and paper industry is instrumental to human development, said Dr Vandana Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, calling for synergistic efforts in water conservation. Ms RitaTandon, Director, Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute, Saharanpur, called upon the industry to take up innovative technologies through process optimization and technological updates. She invited CII to help in Water Management skill development to enhance competitiveness and ensure sustainability. Mr Sanjay Singh, CEO, ITC Paper Boards and Specialty Paper Division, urged the paper industry to apply the WATSCAN tool developed by CII’s Center of Excellence on Water, the CII – Triveni Water Institute, for developing a water security road map. Dr. Madhusudanan M, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change, said the charter program enacted by the Board in the Ganga basin, would soon form the new national standard, once it is notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Mr K C Naik, Member Secretary, Central Ground Water Authority, said the body is promoting regulations, policy reforms and governance mechanisms. Technological innovations have a key role in reducing groundwater exploitation, he said. Key Takeaways • Industry must develop synergistic efforts towards water conservation. • Industry must use decision support systems such as WATSCAN for siting their plants and for developing a water security road map for industry. • Technological innovations should be adopted to reduce groundwater exploitation. • There is a need to develop water storage structures to ensure sustainability in the pulp and paper sector. • Appropriate measures should be taken to ensure water security in mill operations, adhering to Government compliances. • Water needs to be looked at in an integrated manner. K C Naik, Member, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; Dr Vandana Kumar, Joint Secretary, DIPP; Sanjay Singh, Chief Executive, ITC Ltd- Paperboards and Specialty Papers Division; UP Singh, Additional Secretary & Director General, National Mission on Clean Ganga, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; Rita Tandon, Director, Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute, and Dr Madhusudan M, Additional Director (Scientist ‘E’) & Divisional Head, IPC –III, Agro – based industry, at the national conference on ‘Moving towards Making Pulp and Paper Sector Water Secure and Sustainable,’ in New Delhi Portfolio for Excellence
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  46. 46.      Communiqué July 2017  |  45 Societal Interface G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit Yi organized a delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance (YEA) Summit in Berlin, Germany, on 15-16 June. The G20 YEA Summit is a forum where young entrepreneurs, thought leaders and top entrepreneurship- focused organizations from around the world meet with their peers, share best practices and develop recommendations to drive youth entrepreneurship. These recommendations are then put forth to leaders attending the B20 and G20 Summits, and are actioned by G20 YEA members in their respective countries. An active member of this alliance since its inception, Yi has taken strong delegations to each of the annual summits since 2011. In Berlin, the Yi members had networking meetings with delegations from Canada, Australia, and Germany. Mr Carsten Lexa, G20 YEA President for Germany, said that India and Germany have great opportunities to work with each other, and called on the youth on both sides to put more efforts towards this. Mr Jacob Joy, National Chairman, Yi, and Director, J J Confectionery Pvt Ltd, invited the German delegation to India to promote opportunities to work together for a larger cause. Celebrating World Environment Day World Environment Day is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It has become a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues, and a global platform for public outreach, with over 143 countries participating every year. Y i C h a p t e r s celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June with diverse activities. These included an extensive plantation drive in Thiruvananthapuram, a bicycle rally with the theme of ‘Say No to Sound Pollution’ in Hyderabad, and a Radio Talk in association with Radio City 91.1 FM, in Vadodara, with the theme of ‘Connecting people to nature.’ Masoom Training Program The Yi National Masoom team organized a two-day elite training program in association with Arpan, an NGO, to sensitize members on the issue of child sexual abuse, and to develop master trainers to conduct Masoom sessions in a professional way. The training program on 16-17 June in Mumbai was attended by Chairs of the Masoom project from Kochi, Chennai, Bhopal, Mumbai, Jaipur, Madurai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Trichy. The sessions, made lively through the use of questionnaires, role play and presentations, focussed on understanding the needs of children of different age groups, how the trauma of abuse affects the child physically and psychologically, and how a support person can help the child in such situations. Legal perspectives on the issue, and on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) were discussed in detail.The program also threw light on the different schemes available to support the child and his/her family. Yi delegation at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance (YEA) Summit in Berlin Plantation Drive in Thiruvananthapuram Masoom Elite training program in Mumbai
  47. 47. 46  |  July 2017 Communiqué Regional Review Eastern RegionE Ending Open Defecation The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims to end the practice of open defecation all over the country by 2019. CII Jharkhand, in association with the State's Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, organized a conclave on 'Open Defecation-free Swachh Jharkhand,' on 9 June in Ranchi. Mr Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, who was the chief guest, shared the initiatives of the State Government to achieve the target by 2018. He stressed the importance of sharing best practices, promoting collaborative and innovative approaches, and building synergy between industry and the Government. Session with Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation CII Jharkhand organized an interactive session with Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, on Momentum Jharkhand: Building Competitiveness for MSME and Ease of Doing Business, on 16 June in Hazaribagh. Mr Sinha urged CII to continue working with the State Government for development, and underscored the need for the structured growth of MSMEs. Seminar on Future Cities The seminar on Future Cities in Kolkata on 30 June had the theme of ‘Making Cities Clean, Green and Vibrant.’ Mr Firhad Hakim, Minister of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, We s t Be n g a l , described the Government’s plan to launch a subsidized housing scheme for slum dwellers. Mr Debashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, West Bengal & CMD, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd, shared the Government’s ‘core vision’ of embedding human elements in the way urbanization happens in the years to come. Ms Rumjhum Chatterjee, Chairperson, CII Mission on Cities, and Group MD & Head - Human Capital, Feedback Infra Pvt Ltd, said future cities must be built around a culture which will attract not only job-seekers and residents, but tourists as well. Mr Umesh Chowdhary, Chairman, CII (ER), and Vice Chairman & MD, Titagarh Group, stressed the need to encourage investments through PPP for infrastructure development. A CII-PWC Report on Future Cities was unveiled at the event. Sunil Bhaskaran, Chairman, CII Jharkhand, and VP - Corporate Services, Tata Steel Ltd; Sanjay Pattnaik, Chairman, CII (ER) CSR & Affirmative Action Sub-committee, and MD, Tata Sponge Iron Ltd; A P Singh, Principal Secretary, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Jharkhand; Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand; and Sunil Kumar Barnwal, Secretary, Industries, Mines & Geology, Jharkhand, at the Jharkhand-Open Defecation Free Conclave, in Ranchi Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, addressing an interactive session in Hazaribagh S C Sethi, Chairman, CII (ER) Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Chairman, SPML Infra Ltd; Umesh Chowdhary, Chairman, CII (ER) and Vice Chairman & MD, Titagarh Group; and Firhad Hakim, Minister of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, West Bengal, at the Seminar on Future Cities, in Kolkata
  48. 48.      Communiqué July 2017  |  47 Nursing Conclave 2017 The Nursing Conclave 2017 on 23 June in Kolkata was attended by more than 300 nurses representing hospices of all sizes. The State Government is setting up skill laboratories for nurses, said Ms Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal. Mr Sanjay Prasad, Chairman, CII (ER) Healthcare Sub-committee, and President & CEO, Mission of Mercy Hospital & Research Centre, said that CII, a champion of ethical business, has come out with a set of recommended practices for the healthcare sector. The other key speakers included Prof Bhabatosh Biswas, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Science; and Ms Latika Das, Registrar, West Bengal Nursing Council. Bihar Investors’ Roadshow in Mumbai Mr Jai Kumar Singh, MIninister of Industries, Bihar, led a high-powered delegation to Mumbai to present Bihar as an emerging destination for investors, at a roadshow organized by CII. The Minister also participated in one- on-one meetings with senior executives of Hindujas, Uber India, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Indian Hotels Co Ltd, Enarr Capital, etc, to talk about the policy reforms and ‘business-friendly’ initiatives undertaken in the State. Dr S Siddharth, Principal Secretary, Industries, Bihar, described a few recent policy reforms that are facilitating business. Mr Rakesh Swami, VP – Corporate Affairs & Policy Advocacy, GE India, and Mr Shrinath Savoor, Joint President, Strategy & Business Development, Shree Cement Ltd, shared their rewarding experiences of operating in Bihar, and also their expansion plans in the State. Financing Innovation CII is working on a plan to launch a counseling cell for start-ups. A session on ‘Financing Innovation’ was held in Kolkata on 23 June, as part of the exercise to handhold, mentor and guide prospective innovators in terms of financing, funding, and technology. The forum engaged nine funding/ financing agencies in pre-scheduled B2B meetings with about 50 start-ups. Mission to Volvo Eicher Plant A 12-member CII Eastern Region team visited the Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd plant at Pithampur, 35 km from Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, to understand the best sustainable global practices in terms of quality and technology, as well as waste management and pollution control. Roundtable on Start-Ups CII organized a Roundtable on Start-Up Future in Jamshedpur on 6 June to hold a brainstorming session before CII Jharkhand submits its recommendations for the State’s Start-up Policy. At the Nursing Conclave in Kolkata At the Bihar Investors' Roadshow in Mumbai Session on Financing Innovation, in Kolkata CII ER delegation at the Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd Plant at Pithampur Roundtable on Start-Up Future in Jharkhand, in Ranchi regional review
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  50. 50.      Communiqué July 2017  |  49 regional review Awareness Session on Sexual Harassment at Workplace At an awareness session on Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace at Jamshedpur on 2 June, experts explained in detail the laws which make it mandatory for all companies – government and private – to provide a safe working environment for all women. Krishi Unnati The conference titled Krishi Unnati - Making Farming an Attractive Livelihood Opportunity, was held on 8 June as a ‘partnership platform’ for the Government, industry, farmers, institutions and other stakeholders to create a roadmap to double farmers’ income in the next five years through skill development, vocational training, and career counseling. Awareness Session on Sexual Harassment at Workplace in Jamshedpur At Krishi Unnati, in Bhubaneswar nORTH EASTern RegionNE North East Healthcare Conference The CII North East Council, in association with the Government of Manipur, organized the first-ever Healthcare Conclave for the North East, ‘Building an Ecosystem for Delivery of Quality Healthcare Services,’ on 16 June in Imphal. Mr N Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, who was the chief guest, said the new Government in Manipur is working on a plan to transform the State into a thriving healthcare and medical tourism hub. With Myanmar across the border, the State’s geographical L Jayanta Kumar Singh, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Manipur; N Biren Singh; Chief Minister of Manipur, and Dr R C Deka, Chairman, CII North East Healthcare Committee, and former Director, AIIMS, at the North East Healthcare Conference in Imphal advantage is enormous, he said. Mr L Jayanta Kumar Singh, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Manipur, said the State Government is not only proactive and industry-friendly, but is also committed to bringing big-ticket investments to the healthcare sector. Shortage of doctors and paramedical staff is an issue. The way out can be Public Private Partnership (PPP), he said. A CII report titled ‘Healthcare in North East India – Challenges & Opportunities,’ was unveiled by the Chief Minister. Promoting ties with China The Chinese Government is keen to see cooperation between businesses in the two countries deepen and thrive, said Mr Li Baijun, Commercial Counsellor. Embassy of China, at an interaction on 3 June in Guwahati.The focus of the discussion was on sectors like agriculture, tourism, facility building, bamboo and tea. Mr Abhijit Barooah, Co-Chairman, CII North East Council, and MD, Premier Cryogenics (P) Ltd, called on Chinese companies to set up units, particularly bamboo machinery units, in the North East. Mr Li Baijun also visited the Amsoi Tea Estate for a first-hand feel of tea plantations in Assam. Session with Li Baijun, Commercial Counsellor. Embassy of China, in Guwahati

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