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Vijay Kalantri

Vijay Kalantri

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AIAI
 
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Problems that SMEs face in Maharashtra today:
Despite its commendable contribution to the Nations economy, SMEs faces a number of problems. Absence of adequate and timely banking finance, limited capital and knowledge, non-availability of suitable technology, low production capacity, ineffective marketing strategy, constraints on modernization & expansions, non availability of highly skilled labour at affordable cost, follow up with various government agencies to resolve problems are some of the challenges SMEs face.
Regardless of the overall sympathy and some incentives extended by both the Union and Maharashtra Governments to SMEs, the small units find it extremely difficult to get timely and adequate finance. There is problem of rising input costs, dearer fuel prices, rising power costs which have resulted in higher transport costs, deteriorating road conditions which take a heavy toll on time and money.
Because of falling stock prices, you cannot raise money by Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). The government is keen to help small units by encouraging them to issue share capital. However the current situation is not ripe for this and the financial problems of SMEs continue.
Lack of trained manpower continues to haunt the small sector. As they are worker-intensive and not capital-intensive shortage of good workers continues to dog the small sector.Most MSME units get into the weak or sick mode within the first 16 months of operation. Entrepreneurs often don’t foresee basic glitches such as delays in repayment schedule, postponement of commercial production and problems in capacity utilization etc.
Activities undertaken by AIAI:
Since its inception, AIAIs primary goal has been to serve the many needs of Indias industrial and business communities. It provides an effective platform to address the issues relating to trade and industry to the Government both at Central and State levels. Apart from regular seminars, workshops and organizing trade delegations’ meets, it is making several submissions on regulatory and reform processes.
AIAI is in the forefront of trade organizations and is honored by Dept. of Post and Telegraph with a special cover in recognition its useful work. It is also authorized by the Government of India to issue Certificate of Origin to exporters.
AIAI has signed over 170 co-operation agreements with trade promotion bodies and chambers of commerce all over the world. It leads in setting up trade and industry-related arms.  These include Young Entrepreneurs’ Society, Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Indo-Mauritius Chamber of Commerce.
My role and responsibilities as a President:
To inspire the staff and getting best out of them to make AIAI one step ahead of other trade associations.
Key achievements of AIAI:
AIAI is much more than an industry organization. It has set up to play a tailor-made role to promote the interests of trade, business and industry.   It is the only trade organization in the country which is deeply committed to promote micro enterprises.
It has taken up the initiative to Indian artisans and craftsmen by promoting their products by various marketing endorsements.
It has adopted “Sagar Upvan”, owned by Bombay Port Trust.  The garden has a variety of medicinal plants, sea-shore plants and it is an ideal background for jogging.
Future plans for 2012:
AIAI, of late is promoting interactive meetings of members of industry and trade with government heads, cabinet secretaries, planning commission Dy. Chairman, etc to give them first-hand information on the thinking of the government.  These meetings have proved to be very popular with members.
In 2012 it is organizing “Indiallia” an International B2B forum, to arrange face to face business meetings with top business executives from more than 30 countries across the globe, including India. It is a unique concept which has proved popular abroad.
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