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President's Message
" Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small (MSEs) 2012 is undoubtedly a watershed development in MSME support initiatives. It is sad that most agencies not only have failed to inform MSEs about their procurement plans, but also have dragged their feet in extending even the basic facilities to MSEs whether it is exemption from earnest money or exemption from security deposits by successful tenderers. It looks highly unlikely that a mandatory procurement target of 20% from MSEs will be met by government agencies in such a situation. There is a need to make the Policy work for MSEs as was envisaged. "
Dr. D. Gandhikumar, President, FISME
Vol IV, Issue 54: March 15, 2014

Training Sessions of KNN in Eastern and Western India

As part of the capacity building of MSME associations, special sessions were convened for leaders of associations in Eastern and Western Part of India on how they could leverage Knowledge and News Network (KNN) for advocacy and knowledge dissemination. The two day workshops on “Emerging Roles of MSME Business Membership Organizations (BMOs)” were organized under EU Switch Asia Project. Over twenty four associations were present in Ahmedabad and 20 in Bhubaneshwar. KNN is a new age internet based media platform which enables aggregation of MSME related news and also dissemination of knowledge across MSMEs and institutions. Over 165 associations and 110 institutions are networked in KNN.
Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

Don't let over-confidence hinder your success

- Jason Fell is the managing editor of Entrepreneur.com in New York
After starting and growing a company to early success, entrepreneurs can sometimes let confidence go to their heads. Not only can over-confidence be a turn off for others, it can blind you to important changes you need to make at your company. Being confident shouldn't make you think you can do no wrong. When markets shift, you can't always stay the course and ride the success you've enjoyed so far. A confident entrepreneur will know when to make the changes that will set his or her company up for success.

[Adapted from 7 Ways to Be a Confident, Rock Star Leader]
Writing on the Wall

Stuck in neutral

The index of industrial production (IIP) numbers for January 2014, published on Wednesday, showed that industry was still stagnant. Production grew by a minuscule 0.1 per cent over January 2013, a hair's breadth better than the revised 0.2 per cent estimated for December. More importantly, manufacturing, accounting for almost 80 per cent of the index, declined by 0.7 per cent. Looking at the different use-based segments within manufacturing, both capital goods and consumer durables, reflective of long-term spending commitments by businesses and consumers, declined in January - the former by 4.2 per cent and the latter by an even more dismal 8.3 per cent.
[Adapted from Business Standard, Opinion Section]

Media Monitor

Macro Metre

RBI hikes trade transaction limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh with immediate effect

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has hiked the trade related remittance limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per transaction with immediate effect, amid increased number of transactions handled by Exchange Houses. "On a review of the permitted transactions under the Rupee Drawing Arrangements (RDAs), it has been decided to increase the limit of trade transactions from the existing Rs 2 lakh per transaction to Rs 5 lakh per transaction, with immediate effect," RBI said in a notification. For this necessary changes have been made in the Memorandum of Instructions for Opening and Maintenance of Rupee/ Foreign Currency Vostro Accounts of Non-resident Exchange Houses.

MPEDA's co-branding drive for seafood exports

India's seafood export industry, dominated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and growing at 20 per cent a year, will soon get a shot in the arm. In a bid to help entrepreneurs, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) under the ministry of commerce is undertaking a major co-branding drive, which will promote the brand equity of Indian marine products in regulated markets. Seafood exports from India are expected to touch $4.3 billion in the current fiscal year and $10 billion a year by 2020, according to MPEDA.

Hardly any growth in industrial output for Jan; retail inflation tad lower in Feb

India’s industrial production just about reversed the trend in January, 2014 turning from a negative trend in December, 2013 but a mere growth of 0.1 per cent is no consolation as half of the industry segments continued to contract. For the April-January period, there was no growth in the Index of Industrial Production, though some glimmer of hope was visible in the form of slight fall in the retail inflation. The inflation based on consumer price index for February was a tad lower at 8.10 per cent from 8.79 per cent in January, 2014.

India launches safeguard investigation on sodium citrate

India has informed the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Committee on Safeguards that it has initiated a safeguard investigation on sodium citrate, to protect domestic producers of the substance against threat caused by increased imports of the same. The Director General (Safeguards), Customs and Central Excise has initiated the safeguard investigation following a petition from domestic producers who account for 90 per cent of the production of sodium citrate.

Domestic Digest

SEBI asks stock exchanges for half-yearly audits & inspections in compliance of new norms

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has tightened norms to prevent money laundering through the capital market and has asked stock exchanges including the BSE-SME platform to monitor compliance of the new norms through half-yearly audits and inspections, and inform SEBI. The market regulator has asked capital market entities to conduct a detailed risk assessment of their clients, including those linked to countries facing international sanctions. Registered intermediaries shall carry out risk assessment to identify, assess and take effective measures to mitigate its money laundering and terrorist financing risk with respect to its clients, countries or geographical areas, nature and volume of transactions, payment methods used by clients. The risk assessment shall also take into account any country-specific information that is circulated by the government and SEBI from time to time,” the regulator said in a circular yesterday.

Exports may fall more as India loses preferential status in EU

The rupee has been on a winning streak since the start of this year. Despite the US cutting back its bond-buying programme, the rupee has held its own. In fact, it has appreciated 1.5 per cent over the past month, driven by steady foreign capital flows into Indian bonds and stocks. The sharp improvement in the current account deficit (CAD) has contributed in equal measure to the rupee’s stability. Since last June, Indian exports have shown a pick-up, as India’s competitiveness improved with the rupee’s fall.

RBI panel to review credit flow to MSME sector

A meeting of the Reserve Bank of India's Standing Advisory Committee has been convened this month to review the flow of institutional credit to the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, according to the fortnightly e-newsletter of the Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME). The RBI has constituted the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) with Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty as chairman. The officials of the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises, banks and associations of the MSME sector are members of the SAC.

Nasscom, Google launch 'Girls in Technology'

To increase the representation of women in the Indian technology sector, Nasscom on Friday announced the launch of ‘Girls in Technology (GIT)’, a programme to promote women entrepreneurs in India. The initiative will bring more women into the technology ecosystem by conducting technical workshops, tech talks and hackathons (events in which programmers and other software developers collaborate on projects). Nasscom’s 10,000 Start-ups is part of the Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward campaign. It is among the 40 start-up communities working on new approaches to increase the representation of women in the technology space 25 per cent this year.

Nearly 15% SME foundries shut shop due to demand slump

Several small and medium-sized foundries across the country have been forced to stop production, owing to a demand slump. Industry insiders say that most of these units cater to automotive manufacturers and ancillaries, and that 10-15 per cent of them have either closed down or stopped production temporarily. About 80 per cent of India's $12 billion foundry industry comprises SMEs, 15 per cent are medium-sized players and only five per cent are large units. Reena Bhagwati, joint managing director of Bhagwati Autocast Ltd and president of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF), said that while average capacity utilisation in the overall foundry industry is around 70 per cent, for those supplying to automotive players, especially manufacturers of heavy commercial vehicles and passenger cars, average utilisation is down to 50-55 per cent.

Climate change can run MSMEs out of biz

Most businesses, especially those belonging to the micro, small and medium enterprise sector are affected by the changing climate which causes damage to their premises and processes, so much so that, at times it runs them out of business, a report has said. This was stated by the Gujarat Institute of Competitiveness (GIC) which has now designed a project to help MSMEs prepare for changes in weather patterns and adapt to climate change. On the need for such a programme, “awareness about these risks among businesses still remains low,” Director, GIC, Jagat Shah said.
State Scan

Andhra Pradesh    

Yarn Bank, Market & Design development centres for Andhra handloom clusters

Towards integrated development of the Andhra Pradesh Mega handloom cluster, Textile Ministry wants to set up Market Development and Publicity Centre; Design Development and Product Diversification Centre; and Yarn Bank in the Prakasam and Guntur districts of the state. The project is being implemented under the Comprehensive Handlooms Cluster Development Scheme (CHDS). The Development Commissioner, Handlooms has invited bids from private agencies for implementation of the project.


Educated farmers in Punjab venture into dairy farming

Worried over diminishing returns from small holdings in the state, young and educated farmers in Punjab with an entrepreneurial streak are venturing into commercial dairy farming. The farmers say that a commercial dairy farm gives them high returns compared with conventional agriculture on small land-holdings, which is proving unsustainable. There are about 6,000 progressive dairy farmers in Punjab and the state has more such farmers than any other Indian state, with farms varying in size from 10 to 500 high-yielding breeds of cows. Also, the daily production of milk by these farms is about 12-15 lakh litres.

Uttar Pradesh    

UP industries happy about mandatory online application for SMEs 'if sustained'

The Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement asking small, medium and major enterprises to submit applications online for setting up new industrial units in the state from May 1 has been welcomed by the units, although they are doubtful about the sustainability of the process. “Submitting applications online will be really good for the industry but we don’t know how the government will sustain it,” said Managing Director of Chakradhar Chemicals, Neeraj Kedia from Meerut. Last week the Uttar Pradesh Government made an announcement to make it mandatory to submit applications online for setting up industrial units in the state including small, medium and major categories from May 1.


Centre to help build more tourism capacity in Uttarakhand

With the view to finding new places for developing tourism destinations in Uttarakhand, the Union Ministry of Tourism wants to conduct a study on tourism carrying capacity of existing and potential destinations for planning for infrastructure development in the state. “It has been realized that there is a need of conducting a study to assess the carrying capacity of the destinations of Uttarakhand for better planning in construction of infrastructure and other operational development activities for tourism to ensure climatic resilient tourism. “Therefore, Ministry of Tourism has decided to conduct a study on tourism carrying capacity of existing and potential destinations and planning for infrastructure development in Uttarakhand,” according to a ministry notification.
World Watch


India & Africa to strengthen bilateral relations, focus on SME development

In the broader framework of India-Africa cooperation, the two countries should give increasing focus to SME development and cooperation, said Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Arancha Gonzales. Speaking at the 10th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership held here from March 9-11, she urged India and Africa to direct sharper focus on SME development and cooperation in the broader framework of India-Africa cooperation. She said that Africa’s SME sector could leverage the experiences of India’s SME development in the services sector. Citing this, she said the success of ‘Incredible India!’ promotion could inspire an ‘Amazing Africa’ initiative, a CII press release said.


India, Australia trade relations can improve further

Trade relations between India and Australia have been growing steadily and with the "right mindsets" they can be enhanced further, Australian High Commissioner in India, Patrick Suckling has said. On the agreement of Uranium exports to India from Australia, he said the two countries were working on it and there has been "good progress". "...(through this deal) we would just like to be assured that Uranium will be exported to India. That is how the frame- work is. Negotiations are currently underway. We are making good progress," he said.


6.8% growth in tourists availing VoA scheme; maximum tourists from Japan

Government’s “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme has helped attracting more foreign tourists to India, with maximum number of Japanese tourists, as there was a growth of 6.8 per cent per cent in the number of tourists availing of this scheme during the period January-February, 2014. A total number of 3,883 VoAs have been issued in this period as compared to 3,637 VoAs during the corresponding period of 2013,” said official data. During the month of February 2014, a total of 1,980 VoAs were issued under this scheme as compared to 1,947 VoAs during the month of February 2013, registering a growth of 1.7 per cent, the data said.

United Kingdom    

UK trade body to forge tie-ups with Indian firms, including MSMEs

The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will be launching a hard-sell marketing initiative in India to forge tie-ups with Indian firms, including MSMEs, for promoting British investment in India. Last December, UK’s Secretary of State (Minister) for business, innovation and skills, Vince Cable visited India to explore business opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships in engineering, education skills and innovation. He was accompanied by a 25 member UK business delegation who visited four cities (New Delhi, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Chennai) with an aim to push business collaboration and work towards doubling trade with India by 2015.
Upcoming Events

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FISME’s China office opens in Shanghai

FISME’s China office has become operational in Shanghai.
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RBI Standing Advisory Committee
Your Views

India should go for Presidential system

According to the FISME Factor, 63 per cent of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), are of the opinion that after the scenario of the last session of Parliament, India should go for Presidential system.
Knowledge Store

HR Heuristics

Women on board

The ascent of a few bright women to top posts in large Indian banks and financial firms gives the impression that India Inc is gender-neutral when it comes to providing career opportunities. But the truth is that women occupying top management positions in Indian firms are a rarity. Of the 10,000-odd directors who sit on the boards of NSE-listed companies, it is estimated that only 5 per cent are women. As for the Nifty companies, the figure is 7 per cent.

Finance Fundamentals

Apps and sites for a D-I-Y approach to money management

The market for professional financial advisors is not dying any time soon. However, technology has transformed the money management space as well. Your finances are today literally on your fingertips. Here are a few popular sites and apps that can help you manage your money on a day to day basis; some of them even offering integrated financial planning and portfolio management.

Marketing Mantras

From spectacles to eye candy: How this distributor did it

If the Indian consumer is spoilt for choice when it comes to eyewear, blame it on the opening up of the Indian economy in the '90s. For that's when Deepak Panchamia spotted an opportunity to import and distribute top-notch brands of optical wear, spectacle frames and sunglasses in India. Yes, pretty farsighted! Launching his venture, Pearl Enterprise in Mumbai in 1989, Panchamia boasts names like Puma, Esprit, Tru Trussardi, Giordano and many more in his portfolio.

Policy Polemic

Ludhiana bi-cycle industry turning sick as Chinese dumps parts through SAFTA

More and more small units manufacturing bi- cycle parts here are turning sick due to severe loss being faced by the local industry due to import of Chinese goods through South Asian Free Trade Areas (SAFTA) route, mostly Nepal , Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

SME Special

A clean-up act in Ahmedabad

Soon your kabaadiwala (scrap dealer) could be seen wielding a smartphone and calculating how many green points you have earned even as he weighs old newspapers and other dry waste at your doorstep. That is the vision shared by Sandeep Patel and his partners Dhrumin Patel, Chirag Patel and Ravi Patel at the Ahmedabad-based Nepra Resource Management, the start-up behind Let's Recycle. Launched in December 2011, the venture has revolutionised dry waste collection and management in Ahmedabad.

Success Story

'As a woman, you bring in more discipline and passion'

Life throws challenges when you least expect them. But what if life tosses you a bouquet of challenges? The answer to that question is written into the script of CICO Technologies, a reputed name in the construction chemicals business in India. An entrepreneur by accident, Chairperson and Managing Director, CICO Technologies, Anasuya Gupta, remarks with measured ease, "Every morning, there are fresh challenges and one needs to stay calm and do what is right for the moment, with honesty and a sense of purpose. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The important thing is to stay focused."


The Central Statistical Office (CSO) released the Provisional indices for the month of December 2013 and also final indices for November 2013.

Quotable Quotes

" The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake- you can’t learn anything from being perfect. "
- Adam Osborne, was a Thailand-born British-American author, book and software publisher, and computer designer who founded several companies in the United States and elsewhere
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