Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing ICT manufacturers, is hosting a National Workshop on 'Ease of Doing Business' in association with the Government of Karnataka. The workshop, which will be conducted on December 10, 2015 at Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru, aims to assess the prevailing business environment in the State of Karnataka.
Attendees have an opportunity to voice out small but persisting 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 favorable IT Procurement policies) and also the Commercial Taxes, Labour and Employment departments.
The workshop is in line with the government's 'Make in India' campaign to boost domestic manufacturing and help emerge India as a manufacturing hub for the world. Invitees of the event include R V Deshpande, Hon'ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Karnataka, S R Patil, Hon'ble Minister for IT, BT & S&T, Govt. of Karnataka, K RatnaPrabha, Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industries and V Manjula, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T.
A broad agenda of topics to be discussed at the workshop include:
• Ease of Investments: Simplified environment for Investment
• Operation Issues: Challenges of running business
• Reasonable Taxation: Top priority of Ease of Doing Business
• Removing infrastructural bottlenecks
• Ensuring ease and transparency in Government Procurement
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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