• Thursday, 04 March 2021

Technology leaders – Dell, HP, Intel, Vodafone Idea, WhatsApp and Yes Bank join hands with CII, to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs for global recognition

Press Release

Empowering MSMEs is the key focus of the CII Tech project ‘TechSaksham’ which entails the plan to reach out to 10,000+ MSMEs physically by facilitating & deploying technologies at various MSME industrial clusters in the country. CII TechSaksham (www.ciitechsaksham.in) would also impact 5 lakh+ MSMEs digitally thru its various e-learning modules.

The global tech players - Dell, HP, Intel, Vodafone Idea, WhatsApp along with the banking partner -Yes Bank have joined the consortium to partner CII in providing technology facilitation, deployment and handholding services to the MSMEs at the various industrial clusters pan India.

Mr Shreekant Somany, Chairman, CII National MSME Council & CII Project TechSaksham emphasized the direct benefits which would accrue to the MSMEs through various sectoral capability development trainings and handholding workshops which would also cover awareness on the latest technological solutions such as IoT, cloud computing, CRM solutions, market access for trade and exports, automation, from around the globe and knowledge sharing on schemes, policies of the Central and State Governments’ offer on technology upgradation.

“For India to reach its 5 trillion dollar dream, competitiveness and realizing the growth potential of micro, small and medium enterprises should be the priority. Adoption and application of digital technologies can hasten the pace of learning, improve efficiencies, and accelerate transformation in these employment centric business units. We are excited to partner with CII on project TechSaksham to enable MSMEs with the latest technology solutions, impart relevant skills and hand hold MSMEs in their digital transformation journey.” - Mr Alok Ohrie, President & Managing Director, Dell Technologies, India.

“MSMEs are the backbone of India’s economic growth and over the years, they have thrived in the evolving industry landscape. Technology is a key enabler for their growth and evolution in this era of industrial transformation. The Project TECHSAKSHAM is a positive and progressive initiative, which will help the MSMEs to scale up their business and go to the next level. We, at HP, are excited to be part of this and committed to provide the best-in-class technology, solutions and support to the MSME ecosystem in India.” said Mr Rajnish Gupta, Senior Director, End User & Commercial Channel Sales, HP India.

“Studies have shown that digitally empowered MSMEs with modern workplace strategies experience better productivity, reduced costs and enhanced security, driving significantly greater revenue growth. While MSMEs in India are increasingly realizing the importance of technology integration and upgrades, finding their way around new technology can be an overwhelming experience for these businesses. The need of the hour is for industry stakeholders, policy makers and enterprises to work together to enable the digital empowerment of MSMEs. The TECHSAKSHAM initiative is a significant step forward and we at Intel are proud to be a part of it. This further strengthens our commitment to galvanizing the ecosystem and driving home the benefits of technology adoption to enable business success and create greater opportunities for the country.” – Mr Prakash Mallya, Vice President & Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel India.

Speaking about the partnership, Mr Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd said, “Digital India is creating tremendous opportunities for MSMEs. We are honored and excited to be a part of this transformative project that will help fuel technology adoption. We believe that with our offerings, we will be able to increase the competitiveness of MSMEs and play a part in creating a 5 trillion dollar economy. Vodafone’s global experience as an enabler and Vodafone Idea’s rich understanding and roots in India, ideally positions us to service the evolving needs of this community and allows us to create a strong backbone in projects such as this led by MSME ministry and CII.”

“Millions of micro and small enterprises in India use WhatsApp as their primary application to communicate with their customers, and we are committed to investing in and helping the small business community of this country grow.” Said Mr Abhijit Bose, Head of India of WhatsApp and added “The Tech Saksham program aims to technologically enable SMEs across India, aligns strongly with our vision and we hope to continue to partner with the government to help India achieve its digital inclusion goals.”

Mr Rajan Pental, Senior Group President and Head, Branch and Retail Banking at YES BANK, said, “Digitization and technological adoption across the value chain is becoming increasingly vital for long term survival and future growth. At YES BANK, we are committed to harnessing the power of data and technology to create easy access to finance for the MSMEs through various initiatives such as the YES SCALE Innovation program, YES MSME portal, YES GST and YES Smart Edge. Furthermore, through our collaboration with CII on Tech Saksham Project for MSMEs, the Bank hopes to complement its efforts on advancing the MSME growth story by removing critical barriers to technological adoption and supporting them in their endeavor to be sustainable and competitive.”

30 August 2019, New Delhi

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