Policy Advocacy, Ease of Doing Business, Education & Skill development, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, MSMEs and Membership engagement will be the key focus areas under the theme.

Policy Advocacy, Ease of Doing Business, Education & Skill development, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, MSMEs and Membership engagement will be the key focus areas under the theme.

SECTOR-SPECIFIC POLICIES KEY TO SOUTHERN PROSPERITY: CII

CII LAYS SPECIAL FOCUS ON JOBS AND LIVELIHOOD CREATION

Chennai, May 14, 2019:  “To accelerate the growth of Southern States, CII has been working closely with State Gov ernments in bringing sector specific policies to promote manufacturing in Southern States. High emplo ym ent and ex port oriented sectors are critical for contributing to the growth of the State.” said Mr Sanjay Jayava rthanavelu, the newly elected Chairman of CII Southern Region. He also said that CII is working to propagate the Model State Budget in select States to encourage state specific action and promote fiscal discipline

Outlining CII-SR’s priorities for 2019-20 to Media, Mr Sanjay said that the CII Southern Region has chosen ’Com petitiveness of Sou th India Inc. India@75: Forging Ahead’ as its theme.

Policy Advocacy, Ease of Doing Business, Education & Skill develo pment, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, MSMEs and Membership en gagement will be the key focus areas under the theme.He said tha t, this year, the focus wo uld be more on membership engagement and expanding business linkages by engaging the international co mm unity.  Bes ides this, more thrust would be given to Advisory Services on IPR, Capacity building programs for MS MEs and creating B2B platforms for major initiatives.

For the benefit of Women and Young Leaders, focused leadership initiatives impacting over 4000 people would be rolled out throug h the Indian Women Network and Young Indians. As a part of Empl oyment Generation and Livelihood Creation, the major engag em ent would be Skill Gap Study is the labour intensive areas and to facili tate industry centric skill policy in Southern States. The Mod el Career Cen tre in Chennai provides career coun selling, skill tra ining, and assessment thereby facilitating employment for une m ployed youth. Over 12000 cand idates are to be placed through MCC, Job fair in Tier II cities in this year, said Mr Jayavardhanavelu.

Through the CII Southern Region Entrepreneur Awards, CII-SR has been recognizing successful startups, and en trepreneurs in the region every year. This year, CII SR will aim to get maximum nominations from tier II cities, es pecially from the first generation entrepreneurs and women. Under the CII-SR Water Alliance initiative, CII is working with State Governments and industry in rejuvenation of lakes and water bodies in Southern States.  Th is initiative will be rolled out this year under phase II of the program.

Through the CSR Gateway, over 1000 stakeholders ranging from corporates, NGOs  and  other CSR related ent ities have been  connected in the online portal exploring opportunities on  CSR projects. We aim to add many mo re this year.With an aim to support small farmers in Southern States, CII has launched crop specific init iati es.  A Millet Task Force set up earlier had helped Millet cultivation and promotion in Southern States.

He also mentioned that CII is also working with Southern State Governments for the Startup Policy as South India has the rich ecosystem to nurture startup companies and emerging entrepreneurs.Mr Sathish Raman, Re gional Director, CII Southern Region also participated in the press meet.