Activities Round Up

Date : 22 Sep to 23 Sep 2014
Place : New Delhi
Organised by : FISME

FISME at 2nd Indo-German MSME Summit

To provide a platform for dialogue and exchange of information between Indian and German ministries, SME clusters, industry associations and academia, the 2nd Indo-German SME Forum was organized jointly by GIZ from 22 to 23 September 2014 in New Delhi.

The Forum was inaugurated by Secretary MSME, Shri Madhav Lal. Besides him, senior officials from German Embassy, GIZ and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce were present during inauguration.  The theme for the Forum this year was ‘Cluster Internationalisation’.

Secretary General FISME Shri Anil Bhardwaj made a presentation on ‘Strategy for Cluster Internationalization’. He  said that today except non- tradables, all goods were subject to discipline of imports and therefore the international dimension of business was impossible to overlook even of MSMEs produced for domestic market.

Secondly, he said that  participating in exports gave an enterprise three distinct advantages namely: exporting acted as a reliable gauge of competitiveness; it provided  insights about trends in designs, technology and consumer  behaviour and most importantly, it offered a choice of the best suited market segment that an enterprise could serve. 

Presenting a detailed case study  of ‘Columbian exports of leather purse to California’, he highlighted the gap in understanding prevalent in  MSME clusters between the needs of customers and the market they want to serve and their capabilities and capacities both as individual enterprises and collectives in clusters.  To overcome many of the weaknesses, the small firms needed to agree on strategy and take collective initiatives but such initiatives were extremely difficult to catalyse and facilitate form outside through policy.  According to him more intense research was needed on the social dimension of clusters to understand the dynamics of logic of collective action, formation of  social capital  and adoption of shared strategy in clusters for appropriate policy and institutional support.
On the first day of the Indo German forum, there was a plenary session on  ‘Enabling Collaboration’ where different agencies shared their experiences of support programmes and networking platforms about enabling collaboration.
On behalf of GIZ-FISME initiative  ‘Knowledge and News Network’, Mr Tarun Rastogi- Jt Secy- FISME gave a presentation.  
He explained the objective of KNN and its functions. Further, examples of content collaboration and reach collaboration were elaborated with initiatives undertaken to implement content collaboration and expanding the reach. Sourced through a network of 165 MSME associations and over 110 institutions, KNN  content is being rapidly picked by news syndication agencies for further use by newspapers and media houses.