Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seminar on ‘Live 100 Years and Beyond’

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) and Hyderabad Management Association (HMA) are jointly organized a Seminar on ‘Live 100 Years and Beyond’ organized at FAPCCI. Dr. (Mrs). S. Aruna Kumari, Director, Health, Medical and Family Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh was the chief guest. Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, FAPCCI, Dr. Gokhale, Heart Tranceplant and Cordiothoracic Surgeon, Global Hospitals, Mr. Narayana Chetty Gelli, IAS, (Retd.) 103+ years, Mr. Y.G. Krishna Murthy, Practicing Advocate, 100+ years, Mr. Naresh Chandra Gelli, President, HMA, and many Businessmen’s, professionals are participated at the interactive session.

Dr. (Mrs). S. Aruna Kumari said in his special address that the – Health defines physical and mental will being of the individual. But who is responsible for the well being it is we. The hospital, doctors will take care of only curative aspects of the disease.

Now the health department’s main concern is not only communicable diseases but also non-communicable disease. Non-communicable diseases have become a major priority area. A report by WHO indicates that shortly in India, the deaths of non-communicable disease will be more then the communicable disease. Government is trying bringing awareness among the people for healthy life through various means. In spite of that smoking, excessive drinking, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise still persists among the people thus shortening their life expectance.

The government is starting Jawahar Bala Arogya Raksha cards to the all children from November 14 onwards. Through this scheme the government is providing free medical health care to the all children in all over corporate and super specialty hospitals. Under National Rural Health Mission and Rajeev Arogyashree the governments helping the people below poverty line, to get corporate care.

Dr. Gokhale presented a power point presentation on “Happy and Healthy Heart”. In this occasion he said that the “working..working…and working is the only Mantra for long and healthy living of the humans.

Mr. Narayana Chetty Gelli, IAS, (Retd.) 103+ years, Mr. Y.G. Krishna Murthy, Practicing Advocate, 100+ years explained theit healthy tips and equallient yoga, walking and limited nutrition food and peaceful and planning life will give 100+ years to every human.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Naresh Chandra Gelli, President, HMA also spoke on this occasion.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

62nd Republic Day Celebrations at FAPCCI

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) was celebrated 62nd republic day celebrations at FAPCCI at 8am today. Mr. Devendra Surana, Vice President, FAPCCI was the chief guest for the occasion. Mr. Meela Jayadev, Chairman, Indirect Taxations Committee, FAPCCI, Mr. Rama Kumar, Joint Secretary, FAPCCI also present.

Mr. Devendra Surana while speaking on this occasion - emphasize that unity in diversity is the strength of Indian nation, while undergoing deferent testing times the country could come out with flying colors, and show the whole world about the democratic strength of India.

While the developed nations are struggling with continued economic recession India is able to sustain the growth rate and continued to so. He also hoped the political turbulence in the state of Andhra Pradesh will settle down soon and will pave the way for business as usual by clearing the uncertainty in future investments from India and abroad.

On behalf of FAPCCI he also congratulated all the Padba Vibhooshan, Pamabhushan and Padmasree awardees of the nation.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Competition Commission Law is an emerging Law

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) organized an Interactive meeting on ‘Issues Relating to Competition Commission – Emerging Trends’ at FAPCCI. Mr. Ratneshwar Prasad, Member, Competition Commission of India was the chief guest. Mr. Devendra Surana, Vice President, FAPCCI, Mr. Challa Kodanda Ram, Chairman, Legal & IPR Committee, Mr. R. Vijayanadan Reddy, Co-Chairman, Legal & IPR Committee, Mr. Abhay Kumar Jai, Chairman, Direct taxes Committee, FAPCCI and many professionals are participated at the interactive session.
Mr. Ratneshwar Prasad said in his special address that the – Competition Commission law is the emerging law for industrial, economical, educational development of the country and GDP growth rate. The Competition Commission regulates all industrial, trade, economic laws in the country. And it will create healthy competition in MSME and larger scale industries. This Competition Commission law helps to develop nations GDP rate in healthy way.
Competition Commission law brings innovation in markets, competition in a way leads to corruption; also this law is there in 120 countries in the world. In United States this commission called as federal commission and in Europe DG Trade commission. To start any business in India minimum time it takes 9 months where as in countries like Singapore it takes maximum 3 to 4 days. In Australia on the question of whether Competition Commission is having a teeth to bite, he referred to some of the provisions, that have been amended, it considered to be the criminal liability, for effective implementation.

Mr. Prasad explained about the Competition Commission Law and its benefits to the professionals. He explained about the implementation of the CC act in its true sense,leads to increase in GDP / nations wealth. This in turn helps in improvement of human development index.

Mr. Devendra Surana, Vice President FAPCCI ,in his welcome address said that the present global scenario takes precedence over all economic issues, ranging from import, export, trade related activities and many economic & legal issues. India has responded positively to this current situation and is geared to adapt itself to the world wide trend, by opening up its economy, removing all control measures and resorting to liberalization.

In light of the above trend the government decided to enact a new law for bringing conducive competition into Indian markets under the Competition Act 2002. The provision of the competition Act relating to anti competitive market agreements and abuse of dominant position have been brought into force w.e.f. 20thMay, 2009.

Monday, January 24, 2011

“Bridging the Gap in Biotech-Healthcare & Agri-biotech”

The NRDC, ASSOCHAM and FAPCCI are jointly organized a National Seminar on

“Bridging the Gap in Biotech-Healthcare and Agri-biotech Commercialization” today at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Federation House, Hyderabad.

Smt. J. Geetha Reddy Hon’ble Minister for Major Industries, Sugar, Commerce & Export Promotion was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Arunabha Prabhan, Chief, Business Development, National Research Development, Corporation, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, Dr. S.L. Hoti, Deputy Director, VCRC, Mr. Prashant Mani, Biochemistry Department, DU, South Campus, Dr. Shamim Ali, Asst. Professor, Jamia Hamdard University, Dr. R P Singh, Incharge ITMU, IVRI, Dr. Archana Suman, IARI, Dr. G.S. Reddy, Chief General Manager, Indian Immunological Limited, Hyderabad, Dr. (Mrs.) Santosh Dhillon, Dean, College of Basic Science, Mr. D V Giri, Regional Director, ASSOCHAM and large number of businessmen’s are participated in the session.

Dr. Geetha Reddy, J said in her speech that the - as I notice that the topic of the Seminar is Bridging the Gap in “Biotech-Healthcare & Agri-Biotech Commercialization”. Which is of utmost importance in today’s context especially for the State of Andhra Pradesh as the State is one of the frontrunners in this field not only in India but globally. Government of Andhra Pradesh has already identified the biotech sector as one of the "Engines of Growth" in its Vision 2020 document. The Government of Andhra Pradesh is leveraging the existing strengths of the state for rapid commercialization of biotechnology to produce innovative biotech products and services in a wide range of areas.

Biotechnology is a frontier technology which has the potential to provide very substantial benefits to society in a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, medical and health, forestry, animal husbandry, environment protection, and improving the quality of products and services.

We believe that the presence of a knowledge-based industry comprising a large number of bulk drug and pharmaceutical companies in the Andhra Pradesh provides a unique advantage to the State in the field of Pharma Biotech. We take extreme proud in the fact that the only two companies in India i.e. Shantha Biotechnics Pvt. Ltd. and Bharat Biotech International Ltd. which have successfully commercialized biotech products based on recombinant DNA technologies are both located in Hyderabad. And we are sure with these kind of seminar’s being organized by ASSOCHAM & N R D C, jointly with FAPCCI, more and more such success stories will emerge.

The State is also fortunate to have a large network of research laboratories, such as, the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Dr. Reddy’s Research Foundation (DRF), Aurobindo Research Centre, ICICI Knowledge Park Ltd., Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation, Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases and the Life Sciences Departments of the University of Hyderabad and of Osmania University. This existing infrastructure for research will provide the necessary support to the development of biotechnology in the State.

Complex regulatory procedures, lack of good quality infrastructure, rigid labor laws, the scarcity of scientific personnel with experience in manufacturing biotech products, Intellectual Property Right issues and their enforcement through the Courts and complicated clearance procedures for commercialization of new biotech products are some of the problems faced by the biotech industry in the State.

Though, the availability of the requisite talent pool, specialist pharmacists and scientists, state-incentivized educational programmes put together has helped in the growth of Biotech and Healthcare industry in Andhra Pradesh; it is necessary to introduce carefully drafted industry-friendly and proactive policies to tap into the $ 100 billion outsourcing opportunity, by providing incentives that would attract local and foreign players to set up shop. Also there is a growing need for simplification of the procedures for various clearances required for commercializing new biotech products or services.

Andhra Pradesh government is trying to provide good quality infrastructure but still much higher quality infrastructure is needed at a reasonable cost with integrated services to biotech manufacturing units. The State is trying to match up the requirement by setting up a series of Biotech Parks throughout the State.

These Biotech parks will foster Biotech activities that promote economic development through the development and exchange of knowledge and technologies. These parks will provide an investor-friendly environment that will attract large corporations to set their Biotech R&D and manufacturing units here and will also, nurture start-up companies. This will in turn provide not only high quality infrastructure for biotechnology such as superior telecommunications, uninterrupted power, well developed road network, assured water supply and attractive housing and recreation areas, but also specialized facilities and services such as training and research institutes, bioinformatic centres, and input suppliers.

Overall there is tremendous scope for using biotechnology in disease diagnosis in the production of vaccines. Private companies need to be encouraged to develop biotech vaccines and diagnostic kits. For these activities necessary support will be given for research and extension.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal said in his welcome address is that the Biotechnology is one of the thrust areas for growth, identified for rapid development in Andhra Pradesh. The state is naturally endowed with one of the richest biodiversities and enjoys a dominant position in pharmaceuticals, medical sciences and healthcare. Andhra Pradesh is the first State to recognize the importance of Biotechnology in the all round development of the country’s economy. Especially Hyderabad, the capital city, provides a unique climate for biotechnology research and manufacturing. Hyderabad is home to some of India’s premier research establishments, biotech companies, hospitals, and healthcare networks. It has given shape to India’s first Biotech Cluster- Genome Valley (GV), which is located near capital city of Hyderabad. It is India’s first state - of - art biotech cluster. Genome Valley is home to the leading biotechnology institutions and private pharma companies. The institutions include: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Institute for Nutrition, and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics and many more.

Pharma is another potential sector of the State. In order to regulate the zoning of Pharma industry, the State Government have promoted Jawaharalal Nehru Pharma City in an area of 2200 acres at Visakhapatnam with required infrastructure facilities, which is first of its kind in the country. Similarly, our Government has promoted 5 Pharma SEZs and 4 Biotech SEZs developed by APIIC and local Pharma Industrialists. A Cluster for manufacturing of Medical Devices & Equipments called MEDTECH VALLEY has also been launched at Jawaharnagar near Genome Valley, the Biotech Hub of India. We are very happy to place on record that, after establishment of PHARMEXCIL, the exports of our country have grown from around US$ 3.8 billion to US$ 8.9 billion. Exports have grown with formulations at 58%, bulk drugs at 41% and herbals at 1%.

The pharma city and biotech parks have played a dominant role in changing the pharma landscape in the state. In fact, the biotech park and pharma city have placed the state in a firm position to deliver environment friendly pharma manufacturing with world class standards.

Our Government has launched most investor friendly industrial policy duly giving a major thrust for Pharma and Biotechnology sector. I am happy to share that our state is offering the lowest power tariffs among the industrialized states of the country. Over and above this, the state is offering Rs 0.75 Ps per unit reimbursement for a period of 5 years. The policy covers, Investment subsidy, reimbursement of VAT, Single Window clearance system and special incentives for mega projects. The state has witnessed huge investments in recent past through Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) expansions, new projects, and also in the new Pharma SEZs.

Mr. Arunabha Pradhan said on the vision and mission of National Research Development Corporation and Large Technology Resource Base - over 200 Research Institutes, Universities. He also said that the more than 4600 entrepreneurs obtained licenses from NRDC for various technologies and large depository of over 2500 technologies available for transferring to the Industry in India and abroad and majority of them are suitable for SMEs. He presented an power proint presentation on NRDC Sources of Technology, business associates, network, Innovations in Agriculture and Use of Geo Textiles from Coir.

Mr. D.V. Giri offered the vote of thanks.

ERA’s Entrepreneur Summit

Executive Recruiters Association (ERA) in association with TATA Indicom, NSL Infratech and FAPCCI jointly organized a unique program for SME Business Leaders on ‘ERA’s Entrepreneur Summit’ on January21, 2011 at 10.00 am at Hotel Green Park, Ameerpet, Hyderabad.

Mr. Devendra Surana Managing Director, Bhagyanagar India Ltd & Vice president, FAPCCI was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Mr. Vikas Raj, IAS, MD, AP Finance Corporation, Mr. Nagendra, MD, Pragati Printers, Prof. Ramachandran, Family Business & Wealth Management, ISB, Mr. Himanshu Tambe, Managing partner, Accenture Consulting, Mr. Sunbhash Bhatnagar, Principal, Accenture Consulting, Mr. T Muralidharan, Executive Chairman, TMI Group, Mr. Krishna Prasad, CMD, Granules India Ltd, Mr. Shantaram, CEO, Intercon International Pvt. Ltd and large number of businessmen’s are participated in the session.

ERA’s Entrepreneur Summit: Summery

Executive Recruiters Association is an Industry chamber of Recruitment Consulting Companies, headquartered at Mumbai. It is an 8 year old Association with chapters across India, and, having about 200+ members. It covers the 3 segments of Selection, Search and Staffing and accounts for a turnover of around Rs 9000 crores. It has been founded on the principles of integrity, honesty and thereby brings in Professionalism, ethics and a systemic approach.

SME segment constitutes a major chunk of Revenue in the Indian Economy and is extremely buoyant today. However it suffers from certain ills on account of issues related to size, scale, professionalism, systemic approach, funding and manpower(both for attracting and retaining).This Event focuses on these issues and tries to give a ring side view and success stories of Companies which have grown.

The speakers have been people who have both battled their way to the top and scaled up successfully or those who have advised and guided Companies to grow and professionalize including those Companies which have passed on the baton to their next generation.

By focusing on the SME segment, ERA is trying its bit to aid, guide and handhold these Companies to scale up, grow, attract talent and thereby reach their true potential. This endeavor could of ERA and FAPCCI could be the beginning of a new trend in the Indian Economy for having more focused and relevant conclaves pertinent to different sectors and thereby lead to a more holistic Growth both at the micro (Company) and macro level (Economy).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Meeting on "India – New Zealand trade relations"

The New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) jointly organized interactive meeting on India – New Zealand trade relations' at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad.
Mr. Gavin Young, Consul General (Mumbai) and Trade Commissioner, New Zealand was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, Mr. Hariharan, Co-Chairman, International Trade Committee, Mr. V.S. Raju, Senior Vice President, Mr. Devendra Surana, Vice President, Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, from FAPCCI and large number of businessmen’s are participated in the session.
Mr. Gavin Young said in his speech that the tremendous business opportunities exist between India and New Zealand in many areas including food and beverage industry, wood and green technologies, information and communication technology, infrastructure, aviation and service sectors.
New Zealand is very interested on promoting collaborations with Andhra Pradesh particularly sectors such as eco-friendly (green) technologies, leisure tourism, agriculture technology and health IT were of particular interest to New Zealand. We are presently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India and Indian Government is positive about it. The FTA could significantly improve the bilateral trade between India and New Zealand. At present India stands last in the top 11 export destinations of New Zealand. Australia, China and the US are top three export destinations.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal requested Business Delegation or Catalogue Show in Hyderabad, for greater participation. This would be an excellent opportunity for our entrepreneurs to strengthen our business relations. FAPCCI will be delighted to partner with you in every possible way to make our partnership stronger. FAPCCI is very keen on promoting and developing Andhra Pradesh’s economic cooperation with New Zealand.

Mr. Devendra Surana honored the guests with Memento and FAPCCI literature.

Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao welcomed the guests and felt that the interactive meeting had a positive response from the business sector.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hyderabad is very safe zone for Industries

The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) organized an Interactive Meeting with Mr. A. K. Khan, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Mr. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad,Mr. Santosh Mehra, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Rayalaseema Region on ‘Hyderabad - A Secure, Safe and Attractive Destination for Industries’ on January 12, 2011 at Surana Auditorium, Federation House, Hyderabad. Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, FAPCCI, Mr. Hari Govind Prasad, Chairman, Economy & Civic Affairs Committee, FAPCCI, Mr. M.M. Sreeram, Chairman, Industrial Development Committee, FAPCCI, Mr. V.S. Raju, Senior Vice President, FAPCCI and many industrialists are participated at the occasion.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, FAPCCI, explained the security problems of the industry and trade that - FAPCCI has been making efforts to seek some salvation from the adverse effects of such insecure feeling among the stakeholders.

Recently we have sought the support of the Task force from the A.P Police Department, which has formed a group in the interest and protection of congenial Industrial atmosphere in the state The investments made in these Industries amounts to National wealth and any adverse reactions will not only be a setback, but damage, the course of development.

Various Associations along with the members of FAPCCI and Industry fraternity have converged, conferred, and congregated and chalked out a few modalities to contain this fervor and fear, with the Nodal Task Force of Industrial safety. In fact several measures are taken to set up a fool proof alert system to and from industrial areas, and immediate remedial action taken to protect the complainants. We therefore have taken upon us the mantle of setting aside these fears with the help of the Police Department.

Mr. Hari Govind Prasad said in his chairman speech is that the Work place has to be a place of worship, a sanctuary for the people who depend on it for a living. People invest in assets through hard work and innumerable risks. So, the State’s development and stability is also dependent on it. This programme is mainly to ensure this belief and prevail on industry stakeholders to be alert and ever ready. This is also a kind of CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURE by FAPCCI to all the stakeholders and members who are an integral part of Hyderabad. We should constantly persevere to preserve our heritage and the Police are our PROTECTORS and Law Enforcers mainly to ensure safety of our City and its citizens.

Mr. Sntosh Mehra, compared the city of Hyderabad to “Tale of Two Cities” (fiction) and observed that in his experience Hyderabad was the most peaceful city in the entire world. He talked about three ‘P’s that is Peace, Progress and prosperity, can be easily achieved with help of Police. He hoped that the integrated security system is formulated by apex bodies like FAPCCI.

Mr. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, talked about the commitment of the police towards maintaining a high profile security system in Cyberabad. He said the Cyberabad Security Council has been initiated to maintain a safe city.

Mr. A.K. Khan assured that police officials have the utmost sincerity and conviction to improve the quality of the people of Hyderabad and that any kind of untoward incident is a gift from democratic setup, which gives space for dissent. So taking the ground situation people were advised to take situations in their stride and put the services of the Police Departments to good use.