Chennai, 10th May 2016: The Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has today (10th May 2016) hosted a high-profile meeting on Industrial Development of Tamil Nadu that saw participation of CEOs, Leading industrialists and Professionals from across the state. Experts representing diverse sectors such as auto, auto components, medical, MSME, Logistics, Port, Leather, Textile, media, IT, taxation, and MNCs, took part in the event.
(L-R): Dr. Palani G Periasamy, President, SICCI (standing) ; Mr. Mohan Narayanan, IIT Alumni Association ; Mr. Rafeeque cadana casino Ahmed, Sr. Vice President, SICCI ; Mr. R. Ganapathi, Vice President, SICCI
The meeting was held towards submitting a detailed memorandum to the new Government immediately after the formation of the Ministry, with industry expectations on fillip from the state government for the industrial development.
While the meeting gave the state credit for being one among the top states and exemplary in a spectrum of trades, the general issues deterrent to the pace of development overall and government attention required are in the areas of power supply, cyber security, workers safety, infrastructure management for easing traffic congestion, hygiene, policy changes, single window approvals for establishing industry/firms, southern regional industrial development, among others Dr. Palani G Periasamy, President; Mr. Rafeeque Ahmed, Sr. Vice President; Mr. R. Ganapathi, Vice President; and Mr. S. Raghavan, Secretary, of SICCI were present.
The programme was titled ‘CEO Meet on Industrial Development of Tamil Nadu – Way Forward: A Perspective for New Government’ and featured presentations by CEOs of various companies from each sector and open house discussion. The views and suggestions documented during the interactive session are to be presented before the new government to help it formulate appropriate policies and programmes towards accelerating the industrial growth.
The expectations which when met will take the state to a different league in the industrial development and march ahead surviving challenges in the global arena.
Mr J. Sridhar of ACMA (Automated Component Manufacturers Association) spoke on issues and requirements pertaining to Auto Components sector; Mr. Habib Hussain of A V Thomas on Leather industry; Mr. G. Raghu Shankar, Chairman – SICCI Logistics Committee on Logistics; Mr. Easwaran of CREDAI on Construction; Mr. R. Anand, Earnst & Young on Economy; Dr. Chandrasekar, Med India and Dr. Nalla Palanisamy, Kovai Medical Centre on Medical; Dr. Selvaraj, SIMA on Textiles; Mr. Ramkumar, Tube Investments on Engineering, among others.
Some of the key points discussed include:
- Building of township in and around industrial hubs for saving money and time in commuting and thereby helping industries retain and woo manpower
- Focussing on Sethusamudram project for trade to flourish in and around the region
- In spite of Madurai airport’s connectivity to Dubai and Sri Lanka, it needs inclusion in bilateral airways treaty to other international nations and for cargo movements
- Improving e-governance for easy approval and setting up of industries
- Promoting the city as a destination for industrial developments along with promotion of industries.
“As a body representing industries before the government, it is imperative and practice of SICCI to organise such a meeting for expressing views of the industries in a focused and consolidated way to the new government. Once the new government is in place SICCI will present the industry expectations for seeking the government support for industrial growth” said Dr. Palani G Periasamy.
The CEOs Meet commenced with Research scholars from Department of management studies, IIT Madras, knowledge partner of the event, presenting interesting report with insights on growth across various industries of Tamil Nadu and issues specific to them.