Opportunities in view of PSU procurement policy, say MSME officials


 The track record of vendor development is poor in Goa with local large companies preferring to source their supplies from enlisted buyers outside the state. 
In a bid to improve the situation, a long overdue national level buyer-seller meet was organised recently. 
More than 65 companies, most of them small and micro units, participated in a highly interactive National Vendor Development Programme, that sought to bring together MSMEs, ancillaries, medium scale enterprises and large companies to meet their common needs.
The programme organised on lines of an industrial exhibition-cum-seminar session had stalls by companies displaying their products and services, while kiosks were also put up by banks offering finance for project funding.
On the side of the two-day programme were panel discussions that discussed policy issues. Major issues debated was the Public Procurement Policy for MSEs Order 2012, wherein all government undertakings and PSUs are mandated to procure minimum 20 per cent of their annual goods and services from micro and small enterprises. The policy, it was pointed out, is beneficial in nature as it offers immense scope to small units for increasing business.
Also discussed were the draft industrial policy and the new investment policy for Goa with stakeholders from tourism and industry participating in sessions. Companies that participated were local units and also from neighbouring regions like Hubli, Bangalore and Mangalore. Some of the large names included Bharat Earth Movers, HAL, Goa Shipyard, MRPL and South Western Railways.
Among the private companies, it was Bosch, Pentair, Nestle and Finolex Cables to name a few.  It was organised by the MSME Development Institute (Goa) in collaboration with directorate of industries, Goa, GCCI, SIDBI, NSIC and Goa Shipyard at the Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji.
Earlier on day one, inauguration was by the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Francis D’Souza, in the presence of Mr Faizi O Hashmi, director, DITC, Mr PV Velayudhan, director, MSME (Goa), Mr Shekhar Sardesai, president, GSIA, Mr R S Kamat, director, GCCI, Mr Prashant Kumar, Goa Shipyard Ltd and Mr N K Sharma of SIDBI.
In his inaugural address, Mr D’Souza reiterated the government’s commitment to industry. Later, he went around the stalls and spoke to individual company representatives or owners to assess the exhibition.  
In the valedictory session of the seminar, several entrepreneurs who participated in the exhibition said that they were satisfied at the coming together with large companies. One entrepreneur from  Cuncolim Industrial Estate said that the problems of doing business in a small state like Goa are plenty, with disadvantages occurring from lack of proper infrastructure in terms of water, roads and electricity. However the main disadvantage was from lack of markets. He hoped that the just concluded exhibition helps to surmount the problem. [NT]