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NMCC creates unique Manufacturing Portal

Jun '07
Dr. V. Krishnamurthy
A National Manufacturing Portal the first of its kind in the country was launched at a function in New Delhi this morning 19th June, 2007 by Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Chairman, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) as a major new initiative which will enhance the competitiveness of India's manufacturing sector especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the use of information technology and enable them to compete more effectively in globalised environment.

The Portal has been created by NMCC with active support from the Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Limited as a part of the “ Project Vikas” which is aimed at making the Indian SME sector competitive and to help establish “Made in India” as a global brand.

Highlighting the importance of the Portal, Dr. Krishnamurthy said: “Through an ICT based intervention model, Project Vikas will empower India's SME sector and give it a competitive edge in the global market. NMCC is delighted to partner with Microsoft in this Public Private Partnership endeavour to improve the overall competitiveness of Indian manufacturing through skill enhancement."

"Project Vikas aims to develop knowledge networks through the creation of R & D linkages, capacity building with regional training institutes, sharing of best practices and enable linkage with the SME cluster eco-system. We at NMCC are convinced that with suitable inputs of information technology, the competitiveness of Indian SMEs will significantly improve”.

Elaborating on Project Vikas and partnership with NMCC as a model of Public-Private Partnership, Mr. Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman/Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd said: “In extremely competitive global environment, it is imperative that the Indian manufacturing sector gears up and draws out a winning strategy for making a global footprint while achieving domestic successes."

"ICT can be a critical enabler for bringing about this leap into the next phase of growth. Driven by this sentiment, we have worked with the NMCC to deliver on our Project Vikas programme, which entails a holistic and scalable five year action plan to enhance the competitiveness of India's SME sector by leveraging ICT”.

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