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India, Germany join forces on SMEs

The launch of Industrial Services Network by an Indo-German technical programme is a case in point, writes Varupi Jain.
PTI | By BERLIN DIARY | Varupi Jain
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2005 12:44 AM IST
India benefits from development aid from a number of countries and multilateral organisations. Even at its peak, the gross aid inflow into India did not exceed one per cent of GDP - which makes it pointless to view aid inflows quantitatively. For a mammoth economy like India's, aid efficiency has to be geared towards quality and selective use - where foreign aid acts as a catalyst or a stimulant for growth and not a dependency-inducing drug.

This makes it crucial for donor agencies to be sensitive to ground realities and focus on 'real' needs of the people. Not many dispute that money is the last thing on the shortages list in India. What we need is exchange of know-how and more significantly - discovery and synergy of our own potentials and efforts. The launch of the Industrial Services Network (ISN) by an Indo-German technical cooperation programme is a case in point.

This bilateral technical cooperation initiative aims to meet the requirements of the Small Scale Industry (SSI) sector and of disadvantaged sections of the society. The ISN is a component of "Programme for the Promotion of Industrial Services and Employment" (PISE), which started operating in January 2005.

The network is jointly implemented by the Directorate for Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), India and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, German Technical Cooperation). The Office of the Development Commissioner in the Ministry of SSI is supportive to the programme.

The ISN was launched in New Delhi on 4 August 2005. Among the many dignitaries present were Rolf Suelzer, Country Director and Resident Representative - GTZ India, SN Mishra, Additional Secretary and Development Commissioner, Ministry of SSI, India, and SL Sarnot, Director General of the Directorate for STQC.

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