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Vol II, Issue 7: April 1, 2012 Activities   News   Members   Contact     Print Version  

President's Message

President-Mr V.K. Agarwal

MSMEs, as always, will not let down the country

"Greetings to friends engaged in MSMEs across the country and thanks to the FISME CEC members for re-electing me President for 2012-13.......
The MSME sector, as is its wont, will not let down the country at this critical phase - this is my fervent appeal to our community, my fond hope and my prayer!"

- Mr V.K. Agarwal

SMEs give the thumbs down to Budget: FISME survey

SMEs give the thumbs down to Budget: FISME survey

The FISME Rate The Budget survey got 1,310 responses. The results are as follows:

Very Bad/Bad: 50%

Average: 42%

Very Good/Good: 8%

Dear Readers,
This issue of The FISME Factor will reach more than 2,15,000 Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) creating a milestone of sorts – never before have any organisation reached such a large section of the huge community (nearly 30 million) of Indian MSMEs. Another piece of good news is that your favourite newsletter now brings to you a lot more exclusive writing that is available only here and nowhere else. Read on readers and watch this space for more good news in the coming days!

Visit of business delegation from Argentina

Know more about Cloud Computing. Participate in FISME's SME Connect workshops being organised across the country in partnership with global software majorMicrosoft Inc. After the first workshop in Gurgaon the second one will now be held in Hyderabad on April 27, 2012. Book your seat now to interact with senior executives having in-depth knowledge of Cloud Computing for two hours (1800-2000 hrs) followed by dinner.

Mukesh Kalra
+91–11–26187948, 46023157

Policy Polemics

Trade-climate change interface emerging as a 'new issue'

The Conference of Parties (COP 17) Climate Conference held in Durban in November-December 2011 placed due impetus on some critical issues that emanate when climate change concerns intersect with trade policy issues. In fact, the interface between international trade and climate change is fast emerging as a 'new issue' even though it does not find mention in the originally drafted rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt) or the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Finance Fundamentals

Intermediation in Insurance – The Role of a Broker

In India, insurance is considered a push sale product. This is not good because when an insurer or intermediary pushes a product there is little choice that is given to customers and, quite often, over-commitments are made, argues Abhishek Bondia, Business Head – Corporate, SecureNow Insurance Broker in this exclusive article for The FISME Factor.

SME bourse takes off with new challenges

The BSE SME Exchange is off the blocks with an Initial Public Offer (IPO) by a finance company and the NSE SME Exchange will soon follow suit with a few listings by manufacturing companies. Consequently, over the course of this year, the developmental role of stock exchanges - which are frontline regulators - will be put to test as this a renewed attempt to promote exchanges for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) after two failed attempts. In this article Shaji Vikraman discusses some of the issues.

Rate cut needed to boost SME growth: Rajat Madhok

With all eyes on the next round of monetary measures from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), foreign private sector banks like Citibank expect a promising business scenario to emerge, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Rajat Madhok, managing director and head of Commercial Bank, Citibank India, talks to Rutam Vora of Business Standard about the credit scenario for SMEs and future growth prospects.

HR Heuristics

The art of locking the door before the horse bolts

"A lot of the times we end up saying or doing something we regret later. One aspect of Emotional Intelligence is self-regulation- or impulse control, or simply self-control. Recently I was discussing this subject with Prof Sudhir Jain, Director of the new IIT at Gandhinagar, who is a rare combination of an academic with international credentials and a highly regarded administrator. He acknowledged ruefully: ‘Yes I lose my cool sometimes. But it’s not good because it diverts attention from the main issue; it’s bad for administration, bad for morale. "

Manufacturing Metrics

SMEs in China: Lessons from Chinese Entrepreneurs

Indian entrepreneurs, especially those in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector can learn from the experience of Chinese SMEs, argues Absar Alam, Research Fellow, Asian Institute of Transport Development, New Delhi, in this article written exclusively for the readers of The FISME Factor.

Marketing Mantras

Social media can take SME marketing to new heights

FISME has launched a social media initiative in a big way and The FISME Factor invites all readers to join FISME on Facebook. Here is an article on how social media helps MSMEs tackle the marketing challenge in the face of competition.

Technology Tracker

Embracing mobile working

Over the past two decades mobile computing has arguably been the major success story of the information technology world. In the 20 years in which our desktop technology has remained fundamentally the same – if a great deal more sophisticated – mobile technology has walked a comparatively revolutionary road.

Trade Trends

ECLAC booklet on India and Latin America

The Economic Commission for the Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a booklet “India and Latin America and the Caribbean – Opportunities and Challenges in trade and investments”.

Directory of Testing Laboratories in India

Directory of Testing Laboratories in India
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Handbook for Managing Export Payment Risks 

If you are an exporter you simply cannot do without this unique publication which tells you how to manage payment and other risks arising from exports.
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Free Publications

Fertilizer quality control in India: Need for change 

This monograph argues for a systemic change in fertiliser quality control. Essential reading for those in policy-making positions.
FISME regularly receives monthly reports on the economies of various countries from their missions in India. These reports provide information on key economic parameters, trade related information and all news relevant for importers and exporters. In this edition you can take a look at reports on:

Shri V.K. Agarwal re-elected President for 2012-13

Shri V.K. Agarwal has been re-elected President of FISME for 2012-13 for the second term. Concluding the two-month long process of election, Shri Ashok Agarwal, Election Officer, announced the names of seven newly-elected members of the executive committee. He then invited nominations for Presidentship. Shri Agarwal's name was proposed and seconded by all electing him with unanimous vote. As per the constitution of FISME in force, a President can have a maximum of two terms.

FISME launches IP Facilitation Centre in Hyderabad

FISME, the voice of Indian Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSMEs), formally inaugurated an Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation Centre (IPFC) in Hyderabad on March 26, 2012. This is the second such FISME IP Facilitation centre which has been formally inaugurated after the formal inauguration of the one at Bangalore on March 22, 2012, although another centre in New Delhi is also in operation. As the Central government’s vehicle of choice for outreach to MSMEs, FISME is establishing these facilitation centres as part of the IPR component of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India.

FISME holds Roundtable on SME Exchange on March 28, 2012

With the BSESME Exchange having taken off with the listing of a finance company and the NSESME Exchange ready to list a few manufacturing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the key challenge before Indian MSMEs is to make sure that these bourses dedicated to MSMEs function effectively and help solve the problem of raising capital. To identify and address the issues which are still standing in the way of smooth and effective functioning of these SME stock exchanges, the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), the voice of Indian MSMEs, held a Roundtable with major actors on March 28, 2012 in New Delhi.

FISME organises Innovation Lab for MSMEs in Hyderabad

FISME, the voice of Indian MSMEs, organised an “Innovation Lab for MSMEs – Helping new age MSMEs compete with innovative ideas” at Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Hyderabad on March 26, 2012. The programme was aimed at arming Indian MSMEs with information and knowledge about the latest trends in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) so that they can adopt these technologies according to their needs and become more innovative and competitive. At the technical session of the Innovation Lab event, top experts gave presentations on cloud computing, new age communication and building of an innovation eco-system for Indian MSMEs.

First phase of IPR Awareness Programme completed

More than 65 entrepreneurs from industrial units in and around Aurangabad, Maharashtra participated in an awareness programme on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) organised by the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), the voice of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), in association with the Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (MCED), Aurangabad on March 10, 2012.

Argentine business delegation interacts with Indian MSMEs

Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises got an opportunity to interact with a high level business delegation from Argentina in New Delhi on March 22, 2012 thanks to an event coordinated and organised by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in New Delhi in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), the voice of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. During the programme, after an initial address by the Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to India and other Embassy officials, members of the Argentine delegation gave presentations about their companies and various products, equipment & services marketed by them.

Bangalore IPFC inaugurated

Dr. J. Alexander, IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka formally inaugurated the Intellectual Property Rights Facilitation Centre (IPFC) in Bangalore on March 22, 2012. Other dignitaries present during the inauguration included Sri. S. M. Jamkhandi, Director MSME- Development Institute, Sri Mohan Suresh, Past President, FISME, senior office bearers of major industry associations of Karnataka, noted industrialists among others.

What is your business outlook for the current quarter – April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012?

New Customs Laws up penalties, leave rates unchanged


Vijai Kumar, Consultant & Advocate,
Former Additional Commisioner of Indian Revenue Service

Macro Metre

Core industries' growth rises by 6.8 pc

Growth in eight core industries, including electricity, coal, cement, steel and crude oil, rose by 6.8 per cent in February against 0.5 per cent in the previous month, raising hopes of a revival in the overall factory output, official data showed Thursday. The cumulative growth of eight core industries, which have a combined weight of 37.9 per cent in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), fell by 4.4 per cent in April-February period of the current financial year as compared to 5.8 per cent in the corresponding period of previous year.

Domestic Digest

‘Unreliable credit info stopping fund flow to MSMEs’

Lack of reliable credit information on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) was one of the key reasons for the sector failing to get sufficient funding from banks, said K Narahari Rao, AGM (SME), State Bank of India. “There are over 15 lakh MSME units, of which 95 per cent are micro units. These MSMEs do not share information. There is a lack of reliable credit information as most MSMEs follow a sole proprietorship or partnership structure,” Rao said while addressing a national conference in Ahmedabad organised by Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University on March 25, 2012.

Nagpur and Chandrapur to get two manufacturing clusters

The Union ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) has selected Nagpur and Chandrapur cities in Vidarbha to develop as garment manufacturing and fly-ash product manufacturing clusters, respectively. The ministry is setting up two common facility centres (CFCs) in the two cities for promotion and development of different products in the two sectors. These centres will have all the facilities for manufacturing products, developing new technologies and testing facilities under one roof.

Government to set up readymade garment cluster in Hubli

Hubli - despite being abundant cotton producing region - never had any textile or garment manufacturing unit. A small initiative to set up a readymade garment cluster under public-private partnership to cash in on the untapped potential of the area is making a mark in the region. Perhaps now the winds of change are blowing. The cluster set up under the Small and Medium Enterprises Cluster Development Scheme (SME-CDS) under the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises, already has orders worth Rs 60 lakh and is now aiming to cross an annual turnover of Rs 2 crore by the end of next fiscal.

SIDBI's equity induction plan for Faridabad MSMEs

The Small Industries Development Bank of India's (SIDBI) equity induction plan is catching the attention of the MSMEs based out of Faridabad. The plan is helping existing units to garner capital for projects and entrepreneurs to start new ventures. "We are providing capital against the equity of the proprietor in 2:1 ratio, where a proprietor can avail 2/3rd (around 66 percent) of the net worth of his company," said Umesh Goud, Faridabad branch head of SIDBI.

Public procurement policy to help MSME

The new public procurement policy of the Centre provides good opportunity for micro and small Enterprises. This was revealed at the vendor development programme organised by MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) Institute at Kanara Small Industries Association. Speaking on the occasion, Dr P.K. Chatterjee, Director of MSME Development Institute, Mangalore, said that the public procurement policy will be effective from April 1.

SME exporters demand exemption from income tax

Disappointed over the Union Budget 2012-13, Indian small and medium scale exporters have demanded for complete income tax exemption on their income. "We want only one single benefit and this is the tax benefit under Section 80 HHC which provides complete income tax exemption on export income," said Delhi Exporters Association (DEA) President S.P Agarwal in a press release issued recently.

Supply quality products in time, NMPT chairman tells MSMEs

Small and medium scale enterprises must provide quality goods in time, said P. Tamilvanan, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT). He was speaking as chief guest after inaugurating a one-day, State-level Vendor Development Programme in the city recently. It was organised by MSME Development Institute, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, District Industries Centre, along with the Kanara Small Industries Association (KSIA).

NSIC signs MoU with Ministry to support MSMEs

National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the ministry informed in a press satement recently. According to the release, the MoU for the year 2012-13 was signed by Dr. H. P. Kumar, CMD, NSIC with R. K. Mathur Secretary, MSME. On the occasion Mathur said, "I am happy that MoU has been signed and we will give full support to NSIC to meet the target - which is 30-40% growth in 2012-13."

SBI rolls out one-time settlement scheme for small units

State Bank of India has launched a one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for recovering bad loans in its micro, small and medium enterprises portfolio. To make the scheme attractive, the bank is also offering discounts to borrowers. India's largest bank has seen a net increase of Rs 3,902 crore in bad loans in its MSME portfolio in the first nine-months of the current financial year. Given the increase in bad loans, the bank has launched a non-discretionary and non-discriminatory scheme of OTS to give relief to MSME borrowers affected by the downturn in the economy.

SMEs can grow despite budget limitations: Raghu Kumar

To overcome their budget limitations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should outsource the non-core business activities, and focus more on using the available resources on growing their core business, said Raghu Kumar, CEO GlobalOutlook, in an exclusive e-mail interview with SME Times.

SMEs see a 43% fall in PE investments in Jan-Mar

Private equity (PE) investments in India’s SME sector dropped by 43 per cent to $134 million in 2012 (January to year till date) from $236 million in the corresponding period of 2011. The number of deals fell by 34 per cent during this period. Industry experts said this was a temporary phenomenon and small companies catering to domestic demand would attract more PE investments.

Focus On Nigeria

ICT relevant to MSME development

The Director-General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Muhammad Nadada Umar has lamented Nigeria’s limited access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities and practice. He said this situation is restricting the country’s youths’ employability and increasing the dearth of innovation in the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The Director-General, represented by Jethro Atukpa, head, Inspectorate department of the agency, made the observation while receiving a team of the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) at the SMEDAN headquarters in Abuja.

Focus On Serbia

Serbia to adopt new measures supporting SMEs

The Serbian government will soon present measures to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to produce more and hire more workers, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said recently. Cvetkovic made the disclosure in an interview for "Vecernje Novosti," which was partly published by the official website of the Serbian government. According to the website, the new measures include to rent land at a lower price than the market price or even cede it free of charge to all companies that open new plants and employ workers.

Focus on Germany

Germany to promote Nigeria’s economic growth

The German government has initiated a programme aimed at promoting sustainable economic development in Nigeria. Tagged, ‘Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDIN),’ the initiative is targeted at promoting the bilateral agreement between both countries. The programme is being implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and focuses on expanding employment opportunities and increasing income generation for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSMEs) through an improved business environment and better access to financial services.

Focus on Uganda

Uganda seeks India's help to promote MSMEs

African nation Uganda Tuesday sought India's cooperation to promote its micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector. A delegation from Uganda led by Uganda's Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Ms. Amelia called on India's MSME minister Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi and said that Uganda is looking forward to learn from India’s experience.

Focus on Greece

EIB signs innovative SME guarantee fund in Greece

The European Investment Bank signed the Funding Agreement in Athens for the creation of a dedicated guarantee fund supporting lending to small and medium-sized enterprises in Greece. The Fund is a joint initiative between the Hellenic Republic, the European Commission and the EIB. Established by using EUR 500 million from unabsorbed Structural Funds for Greece, the Fund will guarantee EIB loans to SMEs via partner banks in Greece totalling up to EUR 1 billion.

Focus on UK

£40m fund to help 50% more SMEs in Wales

The Wales SME Investment Fund was announced last year, but is now "open for business," said Edwina Hart, Business Minister. The Welsh government says it hopes the fund will create up to 4,000 jobs by providing debt and equity investment to small business. It is hoped 50% more SMEs will be able to apply for funding via the scheme. Currently, help for SMEs comes from European funding.

6 new members join FISME

During the period March 15 to April 1, 2012 a total of 6 new MSMEs became members of FISME.

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