The State Government is organizing the 3rd MSME Trade Fair 2015 from 8th January to 14th January in Bhubaneswar. As part of MSME Trade Fair, several workshops and seminars are being held every day on different topics. A workshop on Promotion & Development of MSMEs through Cluster Approach was held yesterday, which was inaugurated by Dr. Damodar Rout, Hon’ble Minister Cooperation & Excise, Govt. of Odisha.
In his inaugural address, he appreciated the effort towards MSME development and promotion by the state Government in recent years. Adding that MSME sector in Odisha has huge scope for development and growth, he stated that if the sector is properly developed, then Odisha won’t have poverty.
Sri Panchanan Dash, Secretary MSME, Govt. of Odisha participating in the workshop explained in details about various cluster development initiatives of the State Government. He focused on how the cluster development approach will help the MSMEs to compete in the global market as well as with big industries. He requested for quick approval of several Cluster development proposals submitted by the state Government but still pending with the Government of India.
Sri Samarendra Sahu, Add’l Development Commissioner (MSME), Govt. of India gave the assurance to try for quick approval of the cluster development proposals of the state Government while adding that he would initiate steps to provide all support towards MSME development in Odisha. Sri Nityanand Palai, Director of Industries briefed the participants on cluster development programme.
Sri Mukesh Gulati, Ex-Country Head, UNIDO and presently Executive Director of Foundation of MSME Clusters made presentation on successful Models of MSME clusters across the country and globe. Representative from National Productivity Council and CTTC, Bhubaneswar explained the details on Lean Manufacturing and Design Clinic respectively. Overview on financial appraisal of PPP projects in cluster mode was briefed by representative from SIDBI. Invitees from Ahmadabad based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and Indian Institute of Packaging, Kolkata made presentation on successful PPP projects in cluster mode across the countries, packaging options and how MSME products can be well packaged.
Sri B.K. Dash, Additional Director of Industries extended vote of thanks to the participants.
Around 300 entrepreneurs participated in the workshop. Sri Rohit Singhal of M/s Bargarh Rice Millers Consortium Private Limited shared his experience in establishment of Solvent Extraction Plant in Rice Milling Cluster at Bargarh. A case study on Material Flow Cost Accountancy was presented by Sri S. Maiti, NPC, Kolkata.
30,000 visitors visited the trade fair and total business to the tune of Rs 57.16 lakh was achieved with 1,945 numbers of enquiries for generation of business amounting to Rs 741.20 lakhs approximately so far.