Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing ICT manufacturers, hosted a National Workshop on 'Ease of Doing Business' in association with the Government of Karnataka. The workshop, conducted on December 10, 2015 at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru, aims to assess the prevailing business environment in the State of Karnataka.,p/>
The 'Ease of Doing Business' workshop saw participation from industry stalwarts as well as representatives from the government like Tanusree Deb Barma, IAS, Director IT, BT and Managing Director KBITS, Chairman Dr Ravindra A, IAS (Retired), Former Chief Secretary- Government of Karnataka and Nagendra Kumar, IRS, Principal ADG, Directorate of Central Excise Intelligence, Bangalore Zone.
Industry leaders had an opportunity to voice out operational and regulatory issues which require the cooperation and support of the state government as well as and regulatory authorities such as KIADB (for land acquisition), KSPCB (for e-waste compliances), Department of e-Governance (for favourable IT Procurement policies) and also the Commercial Taxes, Labour and Employment departments. Some of the persistent issues that cropped up were pain points around interaction with bureaucracy, infrastructure, GST, investments, transparency and the need for state and central governments to coordinate in addressing the industry's concerns.
The 'Digital India' campaign has an ambitious target of achieving Net Zero Imports by 2020 in Electronics and IT Hardware goods by reducing its imports, encouraging indigenous manufacturing and increasing exports. This would be possible only if persisting issues are addressed.
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