AmCham’s SCL Event- With a Special Focus on GST, Skill Development & GST’ implications on Supply Chain & infrastructure

American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

American Chamber of Commerce in India
Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India

AmCham’s SCL Event- With a Special Focus on GST, Skill Development & GST’ implications on Supply Chain & infrastructure  – 11 July 2015

AmCham’s Western Region and Supply Chain Committee hosted an event- SCL: With a special focus on GST, Skill’s Development & GST’s implications on Supply Chain and Infrastructure. The event, which was well attended by members of the committee and SCL leaders of member companies aimed to be an informative and interactive session. The afternoon began with Ms. Surabhi Wahal, Regional Director – Western Region, AmCham India welcoming the participants, followed by Mr. Nikhil Kush, South Asia Supply Chain Leader, E.I. Dupont India Pvt. Ltd and Chairperson of the Supply Chain & Logistics Committee, AmCham India giving the opening remarks to usher in the event. Mr. Nikhil briefly spoke about the mission of the SCL Committee to be a medium to address issues and challenges in the field and the committees plan to focus on Make in India this year.

Mr. Kumar Kandaswami, Senior Director and Mr. Prashant Deshpande, Indirect Tax Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. gave a presentation on Fresh perspectives and a clear insight on GST. The presentation aimed to bring to light that the passing of the GST law will not only affect tax rates but it will have a much larger impact across various industries, thus urging SCL leader to strategise keeping in mind pricing, cash flow, change in working capital requirement of manufacturers and service providers, etc. Case studies for GST on automotive parts management and on consumer goods further highlighted the need for a redesigning of the supply chain structure to GST.

An interaction Q&A that followed raised questions of the viability of GST for a large country as India and the resultant competition on taxes among states. An insightful presentation on Skills Challenges in the Distribution sector was shared by Mr. Vivek Arya, Managing Director, Rhenus Logistics India P. Limited. While stating the importance of efficient logistic Services, he emphasized on the need to develop and invest in human capital. Through his presentation, growth drivers in the logistics sector such as the growing need for Integrated Logistics Services and Solutions, the emergence of the middle Class population and the huge geographical spread, proposed implementation of GST in 2016, etc were discussed. The skills gap in logistics sector such as- investments focussed on short term gains, the logistics sector not being very women friendly resulting in reduced access to talent, very few formal logistics focussed training institutes, among various others are factors that lead to a vicious cycle in most organisations. Mr. Arya further dwelled on the focus on continuous training and skill development, internship and training modules, infrastructure developments undertaken by Rhenus that has created an efficient working environment.

Mr. Abeer Garg, Senior General Manager, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd. gave a presentation on Trends in the Industrial, Land and Logistics (ILS) Sector, Real Estate. The presentation began with an overview of the Indian Economy and the new infrastructure- smart cities, planned industrial corridors, NIMZ’s under the Make in India initiative. The presentation also focused on the impact on warehousing post the Union Budget 2015. Challenges such as poor warehousing, government apathy towards organized development in the warehousing sector, ambiguity over land acquisition laws, infrastructure challenges in key micro markets were discussed. Ms. Surabhi Wahal closed the event, acknowledging the interest and active participation of the participants. Mr. Nikhil Kush invited thoughts for topics that would be of interest for future forums. The feedback received was to discuss incentives, share a perspective on incentives in different states. Cross functional connections and dialogue among supply chain leaders from varied industries was suggested as a topic to be considered.

Mr. Kush shared the idea of inviting supply chain leaders from among the participants of the events to share their experiences and expertise at future SCL meetings / events, thus generating increased value that can be implemented in the supply chain and logistics sector.

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By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

AmCham Breakfast Event at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on Friday, July 10, 2015

AmCham Eastern Region organized a Farewell interactive breakfast session for the U.S. Consul General Ms. Helen LaFave on Friday July 10, 2015. Ms. LaFave spoke on “Reflections on U.S.-India Relations”. Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director gave the introductions and mentioned Ms. LaFave had during her tenure truly integrated with all segments of the Kolkata society. She also welcomed and introduced Mr. Jonathan Ward the newly arrived Principal Commercial Officer to Kolkata and Mr. Andrew Posner the Public Affairs Officer and Director of the American Center…

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

AmCham Breakfast Event at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata on Friday, July 10, 2015

AmCham Eastern Region organized a Farewell interactive breakfast session for the U.S. Consul General Ms. Helen LaFave on Friday July 10, 2015.Ms. LaFave spoke on “Reflections on U.S.-India Relations”. Ms. Amada Kidwai, Regional Director gave the introductions and mentioned Ms. LaFave had during her tenure truly integrated with all segments of the Kolkata society. She also welcomed and introduced Mr. Jonathan Ward the newly arrived Principal Commercial Officer to Kolkata and Mr. Andrew Posner the Public Affairs Officer and Director of the American Center.

The welcome address was given by Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Chairman AmChamEastern Region. Mr. Agarwal said that during the tenure of Ms. LaFave she supported and participated in all major AmCham Easter Chapter’s initiativesand she very aptlyhighlighted the significance of North-East as a gateway that connects India with its neighborsin the east. He said thatMs.LaFave has reiterated US’s support to the vision of an Indo-Pacific economic corridor that would help bridge South and Southeast Asia. He said that she had demonstratedthe United States government’s support for universal education. During her tenure, she had visited many academic institutions and interacted with students.As a result of her initiative, the US Regional English Language office in India supported two English language specialists to train 120 secondary school teachers cum Master trainers in Shillong over three weeks. She has also worked towards the social front by stressing the need to curb the child labor and human trafficking and provided solutions towards the same. In her farewell addresson “Reflections on U.S.-India Relations” she spoke about her decision to choose India as the place of work mentioning that “She is privilege to be a partner with India in India”.She elaborated further on the work that she had undertaken over the last two years, talking about the political and the bilateral ties between India and US and also about the good bilateral investment opportunities in India and the Eastern Region. Mr. Suranjan Bhanja, past chairman of AmCham Eastern Chapter, Ms Poonam Burman, HR Country Head of Lexmark International and Mr. Rinkish Satyajit, Vice President of PepsiCo spoke about their personal interactions with Ms. LaFave and spoke about the contributions of Ms.LaFave in AmCham and Eastern India over the past two years.

Mr. Joydeep Dutta Gupta in his concluding remarks and vote of thanks also spoke about the support Ms. LaFave had provided to AmCham and its members and wished her well in her new assignment.
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Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

AmCham’s SCL Core Committee Concall

The main agenda of the concall was to form a skeletal base for the SCL Committee Industry Visit in pune scheduled for December 2015. As a large number of SCL Committee members are based in Mumbai/ Pune, the Committee anticipates greater participation. GE and Honeywell were proposed to be the 2 main facilities to be visited. GE being the main facility to visit which will provide a multimodal perspective not only in terms of supply chain but a unique multidivisional view of other sectors as aviation and power components as well.

It was decided to fix the industry visit for a date between the 1st to the 10th of December 2015. Sites such as Meritor, Inc. Automotive Axles Limited (Mysore), Toyota (Bangalore) and Ford (Chennai) among other American companies were suggested for future industry visits. To increase member participation at future F2F events/meetings, it was suggested to try Web Conferencing as a medium.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Meeting with Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion

The Chairman of AmCham’s Economic Affairs Committee, Mr. Atul Dhawan, National Leader, Clients & Markets, Regional Managing Partner (North) Deloitte Haskins & Sells; a member of AmCham’s National Executive Board, Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Senior Vice President, Cognizant Technology Solutions; and Executive Director of AmCham, Mr. Ajay Singha, met Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India, on 8th July 2015 in his office to invite him for a two-phased interaction with AmCham. The Secretary has agreed to meet AmCham members to discuss issues to be taken up in the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. On the same occasion, he will also interact with members on individual company matters which need to be resolved for efficient business functioning. The date of the proposed meeting will be announced shortly.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.

Meeting with Mr. R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation

The Chairman of AmCham’s Aviation Committee, Mr. Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager – India, United Technologies Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. (Pratt & Whitney); Knowledge Partner of the Committee, Mr. Amber Dubey, Partner, KPMG in India; and Mr. Ajay Singha, Executive Director, AmCham, met Mr. R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, on 8th July 2015 in his office.

They apprised him about the past engagements which AmCham had with the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The subjects, which were discussed, were establishment of an eco-system for encouraging MRO activities, regional air connectivity, issues relating to cargo operations and related matters. While appreciating the issues taken up by AmCham, the Secretary immediately granted another meeting with the select group of AmCham members in the civil aviation sector to give inputs for the new Civil Aviation policy which the Ministry plans to roll out next month.

Membership

By joining AMCHAM India, you become part of an active and dynamic Apex Chamber of U.S. Industry in India with a membership base of more than 400 American companies in India. AMCHAM is an important voice for policy advocacy, a critical source for business intelligence, a vibrant platform for networking and expanding your business.