Tamil Nadu Chapter Executive Committee Meeting – 13th June 2020
The Tamil Nadu Chapter’s Executive Committee met on June 13th over MS Teams. Mr. Aubrey Daniels, Regional Director – Tamil Nadu Chapter, AMCAHM, informed the Consul General was invited to preside over the American Independence Day celebrations being organized by AMCHAM. Mr. R. Ramkumar, gave a recap of his meetings with the Government of Tamil Nadu and what the industrial situation looked like. The reverse migration of labour was a major issue with manufacturing companies and that the TN Government was planning to build houses for labour at Sriperumbudur and Oragadam and would replicate the same at other industrial clusters. The textile and hosiery magnates of Coimbatore and Tirupur kept 26,000 workers all housed and fed during the lockdown.
Other Executive Committee members shared how they managed with a reduced work force, reduced production, other HR challenges and attracting new industries to the state. It was suggested that AMCHAM organize a series of webinars on different industry segments such as auto components, textiles, apparel, medical devices and pharma, financial services, revenue cycle management companies, defense and aerospace and hardware companies. Possible engagement with MART, a research firm who has organised several surveys on the subject and was working with the state government, was discussed. It was also discussed that a long term plan with figures on investment details, employment and expansion plans, might be helpful to attract more members.