The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Technologies Limited, a global engineering services provider, to strengthen the innovation ecosystem for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India.
Mr. Noor Naqschbandi, Programme Director, GIZ, Mr. Chaman Lal Dhanda, Project Director, MSME INNO and Mr. Prashant Girbane, Director General, MCCIA signed the MoU during an innovation conclave organised by MCCIA and GIZ with the support of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Pune.
The objective of the MoU is to develop an innovation ecosystem at selected locations in India to increase the competitiveness of the MSMEs by encouraging industry-academia-government collaboration.
As a part of the MoU, GIZ will be closely working with academic institutions and industry associations to enable the MSMEs with innovative solutions for industry-specific problems by implementing joint industry projects in the field of automation, process improvement, product design, digitalization etc. This would further equip the MSMEs in developing new products and processes and improve the existing ones.
Tata Technologies shall act as an industry partner for the project and will extend financial and mentoring support to select projects for their successful implementation. Both organisations will work jointly on over 200 live projects for nearly 100 MSMEs in Maharashtra. Based on the successful execution of the projects, the support will be extended to other regions as well.
Addressing the inaugural session, Mr. Pradeep Bhargava spoke about the importance of innovation in transforming the SMEs. “One has to be a non-conformist, think out of the box and embrace disruptive innovation.”, he further added.
Talking about the Indo-German collaboration on Innovation Promotion, Mr. Noor Naqschbandi spoke about four key factors - diversity, education, ability of talent and flexibility that will drive innovation. “The WOW associated with innovation needs to be questioned with HOW.", he said.
Mr. Chamanlal Dhanda emphasised on how GIZ will be playing an important role in promoting industry-academia cooperation in India.”
“The MSMEs are growth engines of the economy and contribute significantly to the country’s GDP. The Ministry of MSME is formulating various schemes to enable interaction between academic institutes and industries.” said Mr. PM Parlewar, Director, DC MSME.
Various panel discussions were conducted that focused on corporate incubators, academic incubation centres and financial schemes offered by the banks as effective tools to promote innovation.
The Indo-German programme for innovation promotion in MSMEs in collaboration with the Indian Ministry for MSME has been undertaking various initiatives to strengthen the innovation system by fostering cooperation between industry, academia and government, and improve the innovation capacity and sustainability of MSMEs. The project has successfully run 50 pilot projects so far and will be up-scaling in the upcoming year.
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