Dimapur, February 6: Advisor for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Imnatiba on Thursday inaugurated a 3-day ‘state level exhibition and entrepreneurship conclave’ under National SC-ST Hub (NSSH) on the theme ‘Encouraging entrepreneurial emergence’ here at Hotel Saramati in presence of entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and Government officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Imnatiba said that entrepreneurship is something new to the Nagas who have bypassed many stages of civilizations and have landed in the modern times, but it is a way forward, though despite other reasons, successive State governments have failed to provide proper infrastructure for its promotion.
Agreeing with the necessity of pressure groups in democracies, he also asked the people to ask the Government right questions and ask for justice, but lamented that there is a lack of constructive criticism. He asked the aspiring entrepreneurs to consult with the Industries and Commerce Department and take advantage of the schemes available, while directing the department to closely monitor the problems faced by the entrepreneurs and their needs and prepare proper reports of every district for the Government to facilitate changes.
Earlier, Mercy Epao, Director, SME, in the keynote a7ddress mentioned that MSME contributes to 49% of the total exports in the country and contributes 29% to the country’s GDP, and the Government of India now wants to extend the sector so that it can contribute USD 2 trillion to the economy so as to reach the goal of USD 5 trillion economy.
Hekani Jakhalu, Chairperson, YouthNet, in her remark pointed out the problems faced by the budding entrepreneurs starting from lack of knowledge and skill to run a successful business to the lack of funding avenues for start-ups in the State. She, however, referred to the newly adopted start-up policy in the State as ‘exciting’ and added that she is looking forward to it.
In the welcome address, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Lithrongla G. Chishi, IAS said the conclave is an eye-opener for the aspiring entrepreneurs and they should reach out to the resource persons and clarify their doubts.
Forty stalls focused on technology, textile, food processing, and MSME innovative products are part of the conclave, which will conclude on February 8.
(Page News Service)