Thai delegation explores business opportunities in Gujarat


VADODARA: A trade delegation of Thai representatives led by ambassador Pisan Manawapat visited the city on Tuesday to gauge industrial and infrastructure development in and around it.

Manawapat with around half-a-dozen other officials from Thailand met officials at Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Vand are scheduled to visit key industrial units around the city on Wednesday.

VMC commissioner Ashwini Kumar said the delegation was on a visit to familiarize itself with the business environment in the state. “They discussed urban and industrial development in and around Vadodara extensively with us. They were keen to know how the city would develop in the coming years and what opportunities would emerge here,” he added.

Manawapat said the delegation was there to see the potential for business in the state. “So far, business houses from Thailand have had a good presence in south India. We will introduce Gujarat as a destination for business to them,” he said. The ambassador said that he had also been briefed regarding the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. “We will look into the opportunities available on this front too,” he said. He added that prominent Thai construction companies had presence in India and were involved in infrastructure projects.

At VCCI, the delegation met industrialists across a broad spectrum of industrial sectors. Even representatives of education institutes and NGOs were present. “Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced a Free Trade Agreement with India. Once this is signed, we expect the trade between the two nations to multiply and bilateral trade may exceed 10 billion USD,” Nilesh Shukla, senior vice-president, VCCI, said.

Former VCCI president Jatin Bhatt said the Thai delegation was particularly impressed by the power situation in the state. “They are eyeing sectors like power, textiles, automobiles and electronics,” he added.

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Karnataka woos textile industries from Tamil Nadu


Coimbatore: Highlighting the problem being faced by textile industry in Tamil Nadu, such as power and pollution, Karnataka has invited entrepreneurs to invest in that State.

Inaugurating a ‘global investors meet’, a roadshow to showcase advantages for the industries investing in Karnataka, on Friday, Karnataka Textile minister, R Varthur Prakash, said Government has brought out innovative schemes to attract investment in the textile sector.

There was no no power cut in the State and availability of labour was in plenty, he said, adding, Karnataka did not have any pollution related issues for processing sector The policy ‘Suvarna Vastra Neethi’, was framed in such a way, understanding the requirements of textile entrepreneurs from Tamil Nadu, Prakash said.

Karnataka woos textile industries from Tamil Nadu
 

Karnataka has seen an approximate new investment of more than Rs 2,700 crore during the last policy period, with more than Rs 2,800 crore investments in the pipeline, a release, quoting him, said on Saturday.

5 textile processing units dismantled


Erode, Apr18 (PTI): Five textile dyeing and printing units in Periyasemur area on the outskirts of the city have been dismantled by the District Environmental Monitoring Committee for allegedly discharing untreated effluents into water sources and for operating without proper licence. Committee members raided the units yesterday and found them discharging untreated toxic effluent into water sources. They also found none of the five factories had obtained licences or permission of Pollution Control Board. Two units have obtained power supply by producing false records, officials said. The factories were dismantled and the power supply disconnected. Pollution Control Board personnel said they would take action against the factory owners. They said they have dismantled 119 such factories in and around Erode in the last five months for operating without any license.

 

SOURCE: IBN LIVE

US: Wal-Mart launches Women in Factories programme


Wal-Mart will look to empower women working for its suppliers

Wal-mart  has today (5 March) announced the launch of its Women in Factories programme, a five-year initiative that will empower 60,00 women working in its supplier factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America.

The scheme will teach women critical life skills related to communication, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity. Up to 8,000 women will also receive leadership training to develop the work and life skills necessary for personal and career development.

The programme will be rolled out to 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America over the next five years, initially launching in Bangladesh and India in 2012. The programme was designed and implemented in collaboration with CARE in Bangladesh and SWASTI in India, and will be evaluated by Northwestern University in partnership with DAI and Mission Measurement.

Meredith Menhennett, senior manager of ethical sourcing at Wal-Mart, and in charge of the training programme, told just-style that Wal-Mart will fund the programme for two years, and that after the two years, it expects the programme to become self sustaining.

“During the two years of funding that the foundation give, the first round of training will be conducted by our NGO partners, and at the same time they will be teaching and mentoring the HR team to continue the programme,” says Menhennett.

“The second round of leadership will be conducted by the factory with the active support and teaching of the NGO partners. And they will continue to have the NGO and and Wal-Mart’s support.”

While the Wal-Mart is emphasising the social benefits it expects to see through the programme, it also expects that there will be business impacts as well. Menhennett highlighted how the nutrition, programme, for example, will help to reduce illness and worker absenteeism, which will have a positive impact on the companies they’re working for.

“Empowering women not only improves their lives but it is also good for customers and business across the industry,” says Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Home for Walmart. “By educating and empowering women in factories and creating a stronger supply chain, suppliers realise greater efficiencies in their factories, which should result in higher quality products, lower prices and more reliable product availability for customers.”