NBMSME focuses on National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme

The 9th Meeting of the National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NBMSME) was held here today under the Chairmanship of Shri Virbhadra Singh, Minister, of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The meeting discussed various aspects of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Sector with special focus on National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP).

Shri Virbhadra Singh, in his opening remarks described several initiatives of Ministry of MSME for overall development of the sector, which include special focus on Credit facilitation, ICT tools, Skill Development and Innovation. He elaborated the progress achieved under National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) in enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of MSMEs to meet the challenges of globalization. He also invited comments and suggestions on further upscaling the programme.

The National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is a statutory body under the MSME Development Act, 2006 to advise the Government on all policy matters relating to the development of MSME sector with representation from MSME associations, trade unions, State Governments, Central Ministries, Financial Institutions and experts on MSME development.

Shri Amarendra Sinha, Jt. Secretary & Development Commissioner, MSME made a presentation on the progress achieved under National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme. In the subsequent discussions, members appreciated the initiatives by the Ministry towards Technology Upgradation of the MSME sector and also mentioned about the problems being faced by the Micro & Small Enterprises .

Shri Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, MSME, in his concluding remarks, exuded optimism about the future of the sector by citing the impressive growth of the sector and its significant contribution to the national economy. He solicited proactive involvement of all stakeholders for successful implementation of various programmes by the Ministry, especially IT based initiatives such as online submission of applications under NMCP. He aslo stressed the need for enhancing competitiveness and quality of the products made by the Sector.

Dr. Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Minister for Micro, Small Scale Enterprises & Textiles, Government of West Bengal, Members of Parliament, representatives from various MSME Associations, Trade Unions, Financial Institutions, various State Governments, Academics, Ministries/Departments also participated in the meeting and made valuable contributions.

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