With Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013 focussing on development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Gujarat, chief minister Narendra Modi today encouraged entrepreneurs to come together and create a Made in Gujarat-India’ brand for products manufactured by SMEs.
“We have to create a brand of Made in Gujarat-India’ on the lines of Made in Japan’. The brand creation would represent state SMEs and assure good quality and credibility,” said Modi.
He also emphasised on creating awareness about patent registration by SMEs. “The state government will set up a dedicated unit for SMEs in the industries department. This will facilitate entrepreneurs in taking patents to safeguard their knowledge and innovation,” he said while addressing a seminar on SME Convention — Growth Through Competitiveness’ at Mahatma Mandir on Saturday.
The SME sector witnessed Rs 2,400 crore worth of investment proposals by 12,800 SMEs in the field of manufacturing, design and innovation. Modi also called for improvement in the existing factory regulations that will make industries more responsible towards safety and environmental issues.
To meet the manpower requirement of industries, the state government will also set up skill development centres close to industrial clusters. The government is also looking to make changes in the academic syllabus for the institutes and universities.